Week 28 Greater Works
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor;
he hath sent me
to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the prisoners,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
To proclaim preach the year of the Lord’s favor.
As Jesus read this verse from Isaiah in the synagogue, he stopped short at the proclamation of the Lord’s favor. He then went on to perform these miracles throughout His ministry on earth.
But in the Isaiah passage, the anointing offers more than Jesus declared to the people that day. The Holy Spirit offers a crown of beauty for ashes, comfort to the mourning, a garment of praise for a heavy spirit. Those gifts were to come after His death. And they came through the coming of Holy Spirit, who is still now upon us in order to continue the fulfillment of the Isaiah scripture. As each person is delivered and believes, he/she becomes a tree of righteousness so that God can be glorified as the nations are healed. These greater works are not so that I can get glory, but for God’s sake alone. He deserves ALL the glory and honor forever and ever, amen.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me
to preach good tidings unto the meek;
he hath sent me
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to the bound (which also means blind);
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord…
…that they might be called TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, the planting of the Lord, that HE MIGHT BE GLORIFIED.
EZ 47:5-7, 12
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other…
…And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.