BCL Grow: “On Whom the Spirit Rests” — Luke 4:17-21

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Luke 4:17-21 (God)

Bible Passage

And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” — Luke 4:17-21


“The double benefit of the good news of salvation and forgiveness brought by the Jubilee-Lord is bound up with the work of the Spirit when Jesus read Isaiah 61:1-2 in his first public appearance at the synagogue and announced himself as the Servant on whom the Spirit rests (Luke 4:18-19, quoting Isa 61:1-2).” — Michael Horton, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life, p. 191.

Steps to Take

1. Reflect: What do the Old Testament prophesies say about Christ Jesus, and how should they be read in light of Jesus’s revelation about himself? What is the role of the Spirit according to Luke 4:18-19?

2. Remember: Jesus declared that the Old Testament was about him (see Luke 24:27, John 5:39, 46; 1 Cor. 15:3-4). He began his ministry on earth by plainly saying that he fulfilled the prophesies of Isaiah. The Old and New Testaments are united together by the one divine author, God himself, who revealed his great and might acts of redemption culminating in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Spirit of God was upon Jesus in full measure, empowering him to show God the Father to all his people. And now he sends the same Spirit to all those who are united to Christ Jesus.

3. Rejoice: The same Holy Spirit who was upon Christ Jesus is given as promised to all who believe in him. Rejoice that your belief in Christ Jesus is because the Holy Spirit has made you alive in him (Eph. 1:13). This is the love of God poured out in your heart through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5).

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