November 18th, 2016
We often think of Isaiah 61 as the beautiful passage quoted by Jesus in His home synagogue when He declared himself to be the fulfillment of prophecy and the long-awaited Messiah (Luke 4:17-19).
Other saints involved in ministry, including some nonprofit organizations, also highlight these words from Isaiah: “To bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1). These phrases are mission statements to help light the way for those who struggle within emotional or literal prisons.
While the beginning of this passage is meaningful as a prophecy and a mission statement, the end contains a promise. God will reward His people and make sure justice wins. Although our world seems destined to embrace all types of wrongdoing–robbery, murders, and perverse behaviors–we can know with a certainty that at some point, God will say, “Enough!”
Even when our human justice systems fail, God’s system never breaks down.
Author: Rebecca Thesman