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Isaiah described Jesus long before He walked the Earth and performed miracles, long before He gave His life for us, as the one who “proclaim(s) good news to the poor…bind(s) up the brokenhearted…proclaim(s) freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1) In what the Bible tells us about Jesus’ ministry, we see these prophetic words fulfilled. We can see the same truth in the lives of those who follow Jesus today. Jesus still sheds light in dark places.
Something amazing about this prophecy is it refers to followers of Jesus too. “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3) Through His followers, Jesus continues to do the work He did thousands of years ago.  This may mean we feel uncomfortable sometimes or give more than we ever planned to give. It may mean we serve a meal to someone unlike us who is hungry or help someone out of a mess who is there because of sin.  Some of us will go to unfamiliar cultures and scary places to provide hope and rescue. The life of someone committed to Jesus is meant to show His love and bring glory to Him. ”The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.” (Proverbs 11:30)

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