‘‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to them that are bound…’’ Isaiah 61: 1 – 3
Additional Reading: Luke 4: 16 – 21
Why would God be so concerned about my emotion? The fact is; our emotions greatly determine our wellbeing. Wealth and riches will amount to nothing if our emotion is sick, and, of course, life will be meaningless if emotion is down the valley. Proverbs 18:14 says, ‘‘The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?’’ The Good News Bible puts it this way, ‘‘Your will to live can sustain you when you are sick, but if you lose it, your last hope is gone.’’ Then the Contemporary English Version adds, ‘‘Being cheerful helps when we are sick, but nothing helps when we give up.’’ Most interesting of all, is the way the Message Bible renders this verse, ‘‘A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?’’
I must say that a healthy emotion is key to life. A man with a crushed emotion could best be described as one without hope for life. For this, Jesus came that we may be delivered from all that deprive us from the hope and joy of life.
To this end, Jesus himself declared in public, ‘‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance for our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.’’ Isaiah 61: 1 – 3.
Please note the following:
(1)’’… he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…’’
(2)’’… to proclaim liberty to the captives…’’
(3)’’… and the opening of prison to them that are bound…’’
(4)’’… to comfort all that mourn…’’
The picture painted here is that of a people who are depressed, a people who are emotionally sick because of their situation. Their only hope to emotional prosperity is by the preaching of the gospel. ‘‘The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor, To heal the broken-hearted, To announce release to captives And freedom to those in prison.’’ (GNB)
What do you think will become of a man who has been locked down in prison for years and all of a sudden, he receives news that the day of his release has come? Just as the prison gates open before him, so will the joy of life be restored.
As God wants us to prosper emotionally, He sent His so that by the preaching of the gospel, those who believe will enjoy emotional wellbeing.
Meditation: God is committed to my emotional wellbeing, but am I totally surrendered to Him? Have I handed my burdens to Him?
Prayer: Deliver me from all emotional imprisonment. May I experience joy that comes through salvation that I have in Jesus Christ.
Question: How was your emotion affected through the work of the cross?