What if you were handed a parchment to stand and read to your congregation on Sunday.
As you read, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to …” how would you fill in the blank?
Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath and was handed the scroll of Isaiah to read.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor,” (Luke 4:18.)
The good news included freedom for prisoners of sin, guilt, and shame; sight for the blind that would open their eyes from darkness to light; release for the oppressed and hope for the downtrodden; and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor–the beginning of the Messianic Age or the Age of Grace.
Did you know that the Spirit of the Lord who anointed Jesus to preach is the same Holy Spirit who saved you, indwells you, and anointed you with a purpose? Have you discovered what that purpose is? Are you fulfilling that purpose?
“Yes but, Jesus was fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy,” you say.
Yes but, you and I are to fulfill God’s plan for our lives too.
“Yes but, my purpose wasn’t written in the Scriptures,” you say.
Oh but it was. Jesus told His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The end of the age draws nigh, friends, making God’s gift of salvation, redemption, and the forgiveness of sins the most pressing issue of our time. Since we have the greatest gift to share, we must step out of our comfort zones and go, make disciples, and teach them before it’s eternally too late for the lost. Only then will we be able to sit down and say, as Jesus said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Now it’s time to set about fulfilling our anointed purpose with the same power and passion that Jesus displayed in fulfilling His. Jesus started the Age of Grace, and we just might be the generation that sees it end.
It’s time to go.