Why did the Messiah come? What was his purpose? His plan? There’s good news!
Today, we look at prophetical Scripture from the Old Testament and its fulfillment Scripture from the New Testament to answer the question – Why did the Messiah come?
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
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;[b]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,”
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “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,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
Jesus came back to his hometown of Nazareth. His ministry has begun. He had been in the desert for 40 days, but not without temptation. Satan tempted Jesus three times, and each time Jesus quoted Scripture from the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 6 of the Old Testament.
The next thing I notice about the passages from Luke is that in the synagogue, Jesus stood up to read. He was handed the scroll of Isaiah to read from. He didn’t prepare a sermon or bring notes.
In the words of the prophet Isaiah, the Spirit of the Lord would be on the one anointed. His purpose was to do several things:
- Proclaim good news to the poor.
- Proclaim liberty to the captives.
- Heal blindness.
- Liberate those who are oppressed.
- Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Can you imagine sitting there, and Jesus says to you, “This Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
“Wait! What? In my lifetime? Wait a minute. Did he say he was anointed? What is he saying?”
Jesus had good news.
Jesus Christ would bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty, heal the sick, and so much more.
Why did the Messiah come?
When we read the New Testament accounts, we know Jesus the Messiah didn’t come with political or military agendas. Rather, he came as a servant. He came to proclaim the good news!
His coming would change the world.
One day when he returns, he will come in glory to rule and reign forever. Hallelujah! That’s good news!
Blessings to you and your family!
The Teaching Lady