Power of His Spirit

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah),
Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), 
to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].”

Luke 4:18-19

Even then already Jesus implied distinctly that He was the Christ. It is from His anointing, that the abiding of the Spirit of the Lord on the Christ is deduced. As the[continuous] state of personal union [the union of His humanity and Divinity], so that of His anointing flows from the act. – Bengel’s Gnomen

He hath by the power of his Spirit which dwelleth in me, set me apart for these offices. To preach the Gospel to the poor – Literally and spiritually. How is the doctrine of the ever – blessed trinity interwoven, even in those scriptures where one would least expect it? How clear a declaration of the great Three – One is there in those very words, The Spirit – of the Lord is upon me! To proclaim deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised – Here is a beautiful gradation, in comparing the spiritual state of men to the miserable state of those captives, who are not only cast into prison, but, like Zedekiah, had their eyes put out, and were laden and bruised with chains of iron. – Wesley

Jesus’ mission is all the more relevant for us, because the same Spirit that leads him into battle has also been given to us. In the wilderness Jesus fought on the defense by the power of the Spirit. In the synagogue at Nazareth he takes the offense by the power of the Spirit. He sounds the trumpet for battle and calls us up out of the trenches to fight at his side with the weapon of the gospel. – John Piper

Certainly, we are to understand that Jesus was operating in his ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. – Ralph Wilson

The word “gospel” literally means “good news”. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those who suffered from physical, mental, or spiritual oppression. Jesus came to set people free, not only from their infirmities, but from the worst affliction of all – the tyranny of slavery to sin, Satan, and the fear of losing one’s life. God’s power alone can save us from dejection, hopelessness, and emptiness of life. The Gospel of salvation is “good news” for everyone who will receive it.

Poverty (poor in spirit) is thus intrinsically connected with the effective proclamation of the Gospel in the power of the Spirit.

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is given through people to show God’s love and power. Christ means the “Anointed One”.


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