Isaiah 61:3-4 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
God said that a people would come and would be a solid people, and they would rebuild cities and cultures that had been destroyed. Pretty intense type people, right? Well, just who are they?
When Jesus stood up to preach his first sermon he quoted the earlier part of Isaiah 61. He presented it like a mission statement and declared what it said was being fulfilled:
Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
Jesus went out and did just that. He took the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed, those whose lives were a wreck. He healed them, delivered them, restored them, saved them from their sins, and gave them a good hope. Once they were restored and healed, an amazing thing happened. Instead of being the least of society, they became the light of the world. Instead of being prisoners of sin and addictions, they became the very people who the Holy Spirit would use set others free. Those whose lives had been so destroyed became the vessels that the Holy Spirit used to heal and restore others. You see Jesus takes the worst and makes them the best. And He often has to overrule our reluctance. What a Savior!
Pray this with me, "Thank you, Jesus for giving your life, not for good people, but for people like me. Thank you for restoring my brokenness and giving me a new life in you. Let my life always point to that great act of love you did for me so that others may see it and believe in you. Amen"