The Prophet Isaiah looked forward to a time when the Messiah would come, empowered by the Spirit, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. What is the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2)?
Grace would flow from the lips of the Messiah.
What did the Prophet Isaiah say would be the impact when the proclamation of grace by the Messiah went out among the people? One of the impacts of grace, among many others, was freedom for those held captive! In Luke 4:16-19, the Messiah, Jesus, came into a Jewish synagogue and read from Isaiah 61:1-2.
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book,The Story of Grace. It is taken from the chapter,The Story of the Pharisees.
The Old Testament foretells that when the Savior-King comes, the Christ, he will reveal God’s grace to people. His lips will be anointed with grace. It foretells that when the story of God’s unconditional love, unmerited kindness, and unlimited forgiveness unfolds through the Christ, it will intersect with the story of people’s lives, forever changing their lives. The following verses give us further insight into the graceful disposition of the coming Savior-King and the unfolding of the story of God’s grace in the lives of people: