The prophet Isaiah clearly knew who the Messiah would be 800 years before He was born! Isaiah’s heart must have leapt for joy when he began writing those words of the coming Savior. Isaiah lived in Jerusalem almost 800 years before Jesus’ birth. He was just an ordinary Jewish man. Isaiah was married, had two sons and worked as an official for King Uzziah during his early years; however, later he was called by God to be a prophet and he obeyed that calling.
On a morning 2000 years ago, the Jewish men assembled at the synagogue in northern Israel, and one of Isaiah’s prophecies was read out loud to everyone by Jesus. Jesus selected Isaiah 61 to launch His public ministry and to announce that He was the Messiah. The Jews knew that God’s long-awaited chosen One would preach good tidings to the poor, heal the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and to those who are oppressed, and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’s favor. (Is. 61:1, 2)
While all people would benefit from this ministry, the gospel was, and still is, the good news to the poor. “So he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, “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. Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21)
God used ordinary people like Isaiah 2800 years ago! And today, God wants to use people like you, to proclaim His word and His prophecies about the Messiah to the unsaved.
Why not yield yourselves to the Spirit of the Lord, and let Him use you in the upcoming New Year!