Old Testament Prophecies: Isaiah
“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.””Luke 4: 18-19
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Many of the prophecies recorded in Isaiah seem strange and somewhat minor, yet each of them is fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. Isaiah tells us that the Savior will bring light to the people of Galilee (Isaiah 9:1–2). We see this fulfillment in Matthew 2:23 and Matthew 4:13–16.
Other times, the New Testament writers quote Isaiah’s prophecy:
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; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1–2)
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. (Luke 4:18–19)
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus speaks these words from Isaiah as He reads from the scroll of the prophet in synagogue of His hometown of Nazareth. As He finishes reading the scroll, He says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). The people of Nazareth didn’t take well to His proclamation—Who did this local boy think he was? The people did not want to hear Jesus’ message; instead, they threw Him out of town.
Like the people of Nazareth, we need Jesus to bind up our brokenness. Unlike the citizens of Nazareth, we haven’t rejected Jesus; instead, we have received His gifts of forgiveness and life eternal with Him.