Colin Jones continues the series in Isaiah

Isaiah 61 “The Gospel of Isaiah”

 

Sermon Bible Passage

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,     and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the oil of joy     instead of mourning, and a garment of praise     instead of a spirit of despair. 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. Strangers will shepherd your flocks;     foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. And you will be called priests of the Lord,     you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations,     and in their riches you will boast.

Instead of your shame     you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace     you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,     and everlasting joy will be yours.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;     I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people     and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations     and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge     that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

I delight greatly in the Lord;     my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation     and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up     and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness     and praise spring up before all nations.

Isaiah 61 NIV