I believe the primary focus of these chapters is focused on the time of the Lord’s return and His Kingdom reigning on earth. The first part of the mission of Jesus was spoken in 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…” Jesus Christ bought and paid for our salvation on the cross, but since He was not received by Israel and its leaders, the remainder of His mission was put on hold. (I don’t know if I’m using the best terminology to describe this, but I wanted to be clear as I can.) The second part of verse 2 of Isaiah 61 says, “And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.” Jesus Christ did not bring the “day of vengeance” at His first coming; instead, Rome continued to rule ad oppress them. Jesus will finish the mission on His second coming and we will see Him perform Isaiah 61:3-4 to its fullest meaning: “To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.” So, Isaiah 61:1-2a has happened and is ongoing, and the rest of the chapter is yet to happen at His return.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan