Comfort: God's Holy Exchange
All of us will be walking in more of the Luke 4:18-19 ministry of Jesus as we go on with God.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:18-19 NKJV
God sent his Son who began his ministry on earth quoting from Isaiah 61:1-3:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD ... has sent me ... 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 gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
A crown instead of ashes... gladness instead of mourning... praise instead of despair. Jesus defined his call and his eternal relationship with us when he quoted this passage in his first public sermon. The kingdom of our Sovereign Lord is within us, and the indwelling Christ is anointed in our life to bring good news to us, to bind up our broken heart, and to comfort our mourning. He is faithful to comfort us in our grief. These days may not feel like his goodness or his faithfulness, but his Word promises that dark clouds are under his feet (Ps 18:9). He never stops being our dear Father who invites us near him to love, guide, deliver, heal, and comfort us. All we love is in his hands. He hears our prayers and our tears when there are no words. He counts them as liquid intercession, which is precious to him (Ps 56:8a). He is our Mighty Warrior and contends with those forces that are contending with us (Isa 42:13; Ps 35:1).
Be blessed with a still heart, while he fights for you (Exo 14:14; Ps 46:10). Be blessed in his covenant of love that can never be taken from you (Rom 8:35,38-39; Ps. 18:19). Be blessed to know that everything is for his glory, so that the thanksgiving of many will overflow to you (2 Cor 4:15). Believe that he is being glorified in you.
Be blessed with his sure promise that he is able to guard what you have entrusted to him (2 Tim 1:12). Receive his covering of his sweet presence and peace that passes all understanding in all your cares. He never loses sight of whom he designed you uniquely to be and whom he designed those you love to be. His plans for you are written on the palm of the nail-pierced hands of his Son, and those scars are eternally before his throne in heaven.
Be blessed to know him as your Father of compassion
and God of all comfort, who comforts you in all your cares.
2 Cor 1:3-4