December 8, 2019  — 

Hope, in this passage carries with it three things that the ancient Israelites dealt with and we will quickly realize we deal with too. They were 1) a people with nothing visible to hope in (v1-2), 2) a people with deep hope for the way things should be (v3-5) and 3)a people with a pipe-dream picture of hope (v6-9). All of this prophecy points to fulfillment in Jesus. V1 shares the line “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him…” which we see again in Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me…” and then this specific text (Is 61) is taught by Jesus in the temple (Luke 4:16-21). Jesus inaugurated true hope, accomplished it in his arrival, life, death and resurrection; and is carrying it out through his people, the church, us.