Today's devotion for today is based on Isaiah 61:1, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound."
Jesus himself read these words aloud in the synagogue of Nazareth. And when he finished reading, he looked up and told everyone listening, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21). Jesus points to these words and says, "Isaiah was talking about me!"
In a bad news world, you have good news, God! To people who know what it's like to be spiritual prisoners—of the devil, of the world, of our own sinful natures—the Savior comes. And He says, "I have come…to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."
What a privilege it is to be able to have that freedom through Christ proclaimed to us! What a privilege it is to be able to declare that freedom through Christ to others!
Please join me in praying the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, you not only proclaim freedom for the captives, but you did all that was necessary to achieve freedom for the captives. How can I ever thank you enough? Make me joyful and ready as your messenger to proclaim to others the freedom you have won. Amen.