“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7)
Oh friend, THIS IS IT! This is THE passage Jesus read aloud in Synagogue and proclaimed, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:21)
“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles…”
As God called Abraham and credited his belief to Him as righteousness (Gen. 15:6, Rm. 4:22); As he led him by the hand and made from him a nation through which he established His covenant with Israel—that they might be a light to the nations(Isa. 49:6) so also He called forth His Son Jesus in righteousness, to fulfill all righteousness (Mat. 3:15).
The One through whom God created light (Gen. 1:3, John 1:3), came as The Light (John 3:19)—to offer the light of life to all who would believe on Him (John 3:16, John 8:12). He came to...
“…to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison…”
The god of this world has blinded our eyes (2 Cor. 4:4). Indeed, on our own, we are trapped in darkness—But Jesus came to wake us up and turn on the light! By His grace, He stirs our heart to life and opens our eyes that we might see His truth (Ps. 119:18). He delivers us from captivity! “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” (Col. 1:13)
“…and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
Have you noticed how hard it is to move forward when you're in the dark? When you have no vision—it’s difficult to move forward. So we “sit in darkness”.-- We get up, go to work, make money, pay bills, watch a little TV, surf the web, do whatever we do --n weekends, etc. Week after week, we just kind of walk around the same mountain, in the same rut—again and again.
Jesus delivers us out of that darkness! (Col. 1:13) He gives us new life through His Spirit and new eyes to see what life in His Kingdom is all about. (John 3:3) He sends us FORWARD with a mission. “You are the light of the world…” (Mt. 5:14) “God make disciples!” (Mt. 28:19) “You will be my witnesses (Acts. 1:8) “Make the most of every opportunity!” (Eph. 5:16) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)
Be free! Open your eyes, fix them on Jesus (Heb. 12:2) and move forward as His witness, making the most of every opportunity today!
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