Day Two: The year of the Lord’s favor.

Luke 4 (NIV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

“The final note, ‘to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,’ brings in imagery from the Year of Jubilee, that year after forty-nine, or seven sevens, described in Leviticus 25 as a harbinger of the final age in which all wrongs are made right and all transgressions forgiven. Christ means that “the year of the Lord’s favor” has come with the dawn of the messianic age, the coming of salvation and of the Holy Spirit. In this new age, people will be set free and made right with God, inheriting eternal salvation… Jesus is speaking of deliverance not from Rome but from Satan and the evil powers.” (G. Osborne, Luke: Verse by Verse)

This is the year of the Lord’s favor. The cursed ones are now the blessed and favored ones. The ones who were once separated from the life of God, are now to live inseparably and within the very life of God. Where every issue and struggle are now met and provided for by the Lord in his favor. We are now called to live as the people of God, as the church of God, and in the very mission of God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, today we receive afresh your proclamation of the year of the Lord’s favor upon us. We thank you for your favor, blessing, and salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Where the Spirit of the Lord is” by Hillsong (click here).