Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Would you like to know about a real long verse in the Bible? It may not be long in the number of words used, but it sure is in the time to which it refers. Isaiah 61:2 talks about “the acceptable year of the LORD” and “the day of vengeance of our God.” Jesus read aloud these very words in the Synagogue in Luke 4:16-21. He read up to the point of where He said, “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” and then He stopped and closed the book. Why? Well in Luke 4:21 He answered that question when He said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” “The acceptable year of the LORD,” or the first coming of the Lord had come. These people were faced with a choice. Believe Jesus was God in the flesh, or believe He was liar. They made the wrong choice and tried to kill Him.
We today are still faced with the same choice. The first part of the verse became fact in the person of Jesus Christ. However, there is a part to this verse yet to deal with. “The day of vengeance,” has not yet come. This will happen at the second coming of our Lord to the earth. A lot has happened between His first coming and the awaiting of His second coming. Nevertheless, just like part one is a fact of the past, part two is just as much a future fact. So, what will you do with this truth today? Will you accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, or try to kill the idea of Him in your heart and believe He was a liar?
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus. His grace was sufficient then, but many rejected it. His grace is sufficient today. However, He will not always extend that grace. Now is the time. Today is the day of salvation.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Isaiah 60, 61 / Psalm 64 / Proverbs 8 / John 7
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 144-150 / 1 Co. 10
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