This scripture is part of the job description of Jesus as prophesied in the book of Isaiah. Jesus completely did all of these things and then He said of those who would be His disciples, that we would do the same works as Him and even greater things (John 14:12-14).
I particularly feel drawn to the words in Isaiah 61: “the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” We live in a world where we see people all around us who are bound by all manner of things, from mental illness, diseases, drugs, alcohol, heartache, pornography, and that list could go on and on. We have been anointed by God to proclaim liberty to those people. We have the God-given authority to speak freedom over the lives of the spiritually incarcerated. It’s as if we hold the keys to the doors for these poor people. That’s the good news of the gospel!
I know we live in a great big world with myriads of folk who need freedom, but I’m probably right in saying there are more than likely people right in the circles of your own life who need freedom. Do you know anyone who is bound up – maybe a family member, a friend, a colleague at work? Let us be believing for their release. Just as Jesus was anointed to carry out this work, so are we, with the Holy Spirit. We certainly aren’t anointed just so we can feel all goose-bumpy.
We receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us (Acts 1:8) – power to bravely stand in the gap for those God has put in our lives and to speak life over people who are sitting in darkness. You may be the only person in their lives who will have the tenacity to stand up to the darkness binding them. Start by praying for them and speaking the promises of God over them in your private time with God, and when you have opportunity be there for them, even just to talk. Encourage them, show them through practical means that God loves them and wants good for them.
These simple acts of kindness will have huge ramifications spiritually. We are Jesus’ hands and feet on this earth. Let’s today consider who specifically we need to help and then let’s get on with it.