Hope

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : Isaiah 61:1-4

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed 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. (v. 1)

It’s hard not to read the newspapers or watch the news on television and come away with a strong sense that this world is in great need of the good news of this verse. Somehow the weight of the world’s hurts and pains feels heavier in the time leading up to Christmas.

In Luke 4 Jesus declared that this very passage of Scripture was fulfilled. We can only assume Jesus was referring to himself and his death and resurrection that were to come (Luke 4:16-21). If that is so, how do we make sense of the suffering that is still in this world?

No easy answers exist. That is why it is important to have a season like Advent, which fundamentally is a season of hope. We hope with confident expectation that Jesus Christ will come again and make right all that is still marred by sin and pain. We hope with great anticipation that we will one day live together in rich communion with God and our brothers and sisters in the family of faith.

PRAYER

God, we pray that the oppressed will be set free, the brokenhearted healed, and the world set free.