Third Sunday of Advent

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.  Isaiah 61:1 

If Jesus had a mission statement, this would have been it.  For in his very ministry this is exactly what he did.  

When you read “oppressed”, brokenhearted”, “captives”, “prisoners”, who do you think about?  

Do you ever consider yourself to be among these groups of people?  I confess that often when I think of oppressed, brokenhearted, captives, or prisoners, I tend to think of others.  

But how can Jesus fulfill his mission TO us if we fail to see how we are in some ways oppressed, brokenhearted, in captivity, and imprisoned?  

I am not in any way suggesting that we adopt a victim mentality, as many in our culture do.  What I am suggesting is that we humble ourselves to see our need for a savior … our need for the Spirit of Jesus to bring healing and mending to our hearts and the strained, dead, or even hostile relationships and conditions of our lives.  

Reflect: What divisions exist in your life?  How can you let the Spirit mend those divisions?

Grace and peace,

Bailey