Behold Your Salvation!

3rd Sunday in Advent, December 11, 2011
Mr. Mark Kunkee, Deacon of Trinity Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA
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“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;” (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)

Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

Our Text comes to us from Isaiah 61 verse 1: “The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has moved me to preach the good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind me up to the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness from the prisoners.”  Who is this speaker?  Of course it is Jesus Christ.

It was in our baptism, where our sins were washed away; it was there that we became a child of God; it was then that the spirit of the Lord came upon us.

Yes the Holy Spirit came upon us in our baptism but there is someone that doesn’t like that.  And that foe is the devil or Satan.  Because the devil hates it when we do not follow him,  he even gets more upset when we worship and praise  our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  Oh he hates it when we read the holy bible, receive Biblical teachings,  or work to serve the Lord in gladness; all of this upsets the devil.

So it goes without saying that we need to stay far away from the devil and close to Jesus who provided us victory over all of the devils and our own sinful flesh.  We do this when we call out to God in prayer.  We call out to Him for strength and wisdom.  When we stay in God’s Word, turn to Jesus, and call out to Him in prayer we are actually living in, resting in, and believing in everything that God has done for us through Jesus Christ for us!  Through Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection He has healed our broken hearts and set us free from the bondage of our sin.  When we turn to Jesus and His cross, we are focused on the lord and not the temptations of the devil and our own sinful flesh.

I know I have said it before how much does the lord love us?  He loves us enough that He sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die for us. And this was done so that whoever believes in HIsaiah 61 ESV

im should not perish but have everlasting life.  Because of what he did for us on the cross we gladly continue to turn ourselves to God.  God has crushed Satan’s head, and because of that, we continue to worship and praise our Lord as we see Him building up his kingdom through our obedience.  And as we gladly follow Jesus He also empowers us with His Spirit so that we aren’t afraid to tell others what he has done for us.  In other words, He wants us to be that fisherman who goes out to catch the unbelievers and then bring them into the church where they be baptized in the name of the Father son and Holy ghost and sent out to do the very same thing.

The Spirit of the Lord is coming from the all-powerful God, who carries out the promises he makes.  He has promised us grace and mercy.  Jesus did not come on his own; God the Father sent him and anointed him with the Holy Spirit.  And that same Spirit is still will us today; empowering us with God’s grace and faith, which are ours through Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus Christ, we too can speak words, the good news, which binds up the broken hearted, proclaims freedom to those captivated by their sins, and proclaims and provides release to those who are held captive by the devils.  All of this is God’s own comfort given to a world that mourns and grieves because of death

Yes, that same Spirit is still with us every time we read our bibles or hear the Word of God proclaimed!  It is in this way the Jesus makes true His promise that He will continue to be with us forever. Remember when you have a problem; take it to the lord in prayer.   Let’s continue to remember that God is the way the truth and the life, and no man can come to the father accept through Jesus, so continue to love your savior Jesus Christ with your heart mind and soul, forever and ever amen.

Now may the love and grace of god which surpasses all human understanding keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus until life everlasting Amen.

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