“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn . . .” Isaiah 61:1-2
In Hebrews 6:18-19 it says, “. . . we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” The only anchor of hope in our soul that can resist both the small and large tribulations of life is Jesus; He is the personification of hope. In Isaiah 61 He testifies how the salvation He offers us will right every wrong, and what a message this is for today! You don’t have to be a prophet to realise that the age we are living in is witnessing an enormous collapse of biblical values, increased violence, indifference, selfishness and the breakdown of relationships.
As Jesus’ witnesses, we have to confront these developments in our society with the good news that God makes all things new. He transforms fear into confidence, resignation into hope, guilt and bitterness into forgiveness and healing, mourning into joy, and death into life. Isaiah 61 expresses the message of the year of the Lord in such an impressive manner: God turns toward His people Israel, as well as toward the whole of creation, through Jesus, the Messiah. He invites us to start afresh: debts will be acquitted, prisoners will be set free, relationships will be healed, and mercy will be granted before law and court.
This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].
Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.