Tuesday, January 18, 2022

LIBERTY

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 61-62

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

An actor at Nazareth Village in Nazareth talks to a group of men and boys in the synagogue. This amazing effort by Nazareth believers in Jesus is worth the trip to Israel all by itself. God willing our children will be hosting tours of Israel this Fall. The group often sits together in this very replica of a first century synagogue to read the words of Jesus’ sermon to the people of His hometown (from today’s key verse).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Isaiah 61:1-2a

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,

 

Yes, that’s a comma after our key verses, not a period. When Jesus read this prophecy in His hometown synagogue, He stopped in the middle of a sentence and closed the Book; then He proclaimed, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Obviously He deliberately left out reading the rest of verse 2 which speaks of “the day of vengeance,” since the “Day of the Lord” would not take place until His second coming. He made it clear in this way that we are now in the day of grace, not vengeance! (2 Peter 3:8-10). Consider the statements of Jesus recorded in Luke 17:20-37. The judgement day is coming, but in this age the operative words are “the poor,” “healing the broken-hearted,” “deliverance to the captives,” “recovery of sight,” and “set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Jesus identifies Himself as the One who is fulfilling this prophecy. There is no guess work here! This verse powerfully confirms the Trinity…Father God, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, thank you for revealing to Your prophet the text on which Jesus would preach in His first recorded public message. I pray that I will be more like Jesus in ways that I, as His follower, can be and do. In His Name I ask for grace to share His love more and more. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

One of my heroes in christian ministry is Rev. Homer Cantelon. It was in 2014 that he departed this life and went to stand before his Lord and Saviour in person. He was a World War II veteran who fought in the liberation of Holland. I remember seeing pictures of this big man as he walked down the streets of the town he had helped liberate on the 50th anniversary of the surrender of the Nazis. The people were cheering the Canadians loudly. I write about Homer on pages 129 &130 of my book, This Far by Faith. In my opinion, there is no one I know that exemplified the ministry of Jesus, as stated in our key verses, more than Homer Cantelon. He literally participated in bringing “Liberty to the Captives” in Holland, and throughout his life of Christian ministry he has brought eternal “Liberty” to many, many more (Homer was interviewed on the 100 Huntley Street telecast a few years ago by his son Jim. Click here for part one of the interview…and click here for part two).

Yours for carrying on the ministry of Jesus,

David

7 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 18, 2022

  1. An amazing story from the Cantelon family. Rev Cantelon heads up the ministry WOW currently and has for many years. Such a wonderful family history. I’m hoping things will start getting back on schedule here in S Ontario (schools closed, no mail delivery or garbage pickup) yesterday because of snow. It is a beautiful sight to see the snow in the trees though, and I’m sure the children enjoy playing in it. I received pics of my year old grandchildren experiencing snow for the first time! Please pray for Lori, a nurse, who is having a delicate surgery today. Thank you. Blessings all.

    • Doreen, since I don’t know what time Lori is having her surgery today and I just read this now, I am praying that her surgery will be a great success. I ask the Lord to give her complete healing in Jesus preciousness name.
      I am really enjoying the sunshine today after such a snowstorm yesterday.
      Have a great day and bless you and all who are part of the blog.
      Eleanor M.

  2. Praying along with you Doreen, for Lori, may she experience the peace and love and healing power of our Heavenly Father today and always!

    Some years ago I was scheduled for fairly major surgery. On the day of, as the OR staff were busy getting me ready, in spite of prayer I felt nervous and afraid.
    Suddenly a little chorus popped into my head…..Breath on me breath of God, until I am fully thine……..
    Well fellow bloggers my heart and mind just filled with such wonderful peace and calm, I just knew that our Heavenly Father was in control and would breath for me!
    I felt so safe and loved, I will never forget it!

    may God Bless all of you today!

  3. Thank you folks for your prayers for Lori. Everything went well. The arm is still numb. The concern now is that no infection sets in. Her surgery in the past resulted in infection that was difficult to deal with. She really is an incredible person. Thanks so much. Blessings all.

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