As we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth and wait for his Second Coming, my devotion for today is based on Luke 4:18-19, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
This is the passage that Jesus preached the only time he preached in his hometown, Nazareth. After doing so, he announced, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” The importance of what Jesus said cannot be understated. He is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy spoken hundreds of years earlier.
It was God, through the Spirit, who moved Isaiah to speak. It was God who gave it form and shape. God interprets the prophecy in the events of history, in what he allows to happen when the prophecy is fulfilled. In this case, Jesus himself is the fulfillment.
Please pray with me, Lord; open my eyes and heart so I receive your Word. Please give me your Spirit’s help, so I hear what you and you alone say. Give me the gift of understanding, especially during the Christmas season so I better understand the wonderfulness of your coming to this earth. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen