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The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me

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Sermon shared by Chanon Mullens

January 2005
Summary: Jesus reading to the Pharisee’s in the synagogue reveals His reason for being on earth.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
1. WHY WAS JESUS SENT?
• We are told in verse 18 of Luke 4
• Jesus was sent to
*Preach to the Poor
*Heal the Broken Hearted
*Preach Deliverance to the Captives
*Give Sight to the Blind
*Give Liberty to Those Who Are Bruised
• GOD’S DIVINE INTERVENTION
• In the synagogue of the Jewish people on the Sabbath, there were traditionally seven readers of the Word
*The First was the Priest
*The Second was a Levite (The religious
tribe)
*The next five were Israelites of that
synagogue
• In other Scripture we find Christ Preaching but not Reading
• This was the appointed time of God that His Son reveal Himself to the world
• How unique the Scripture to be read that day was Isaiah 29:11
• "And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men delivere to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:" "And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned."
• God through Isaiah was prohesying as to Luke 4:18
• Isaiah 61:1-2 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath appointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;" "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;"
• This revelation from Christ indicates the authority with which Christ does His work and the nature of the work to be accomplished.

2. The Recognition of Authority
• "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon me."
• Jesus was first "Anointed" To do this work
• The act of anointing was significant of consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the high priest
• Jesus was set aside for the work of God, Anointed by him
• All the gifts and graces of the Spirit were conferred upon him, not by measure, as upon other prophets, but without measure
• John 3:34 “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”
• In other word’s, there is no limit to the ability of Jesus Chirst


3. THE COMMISSION
• “Because he has anointed me and sent me”
• His being anointed signifies both his being fitted for the undertaking and His call to do it
• He has the authority
• Mark 1:22 “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.”
• John 5:27 “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”
• He was anointed to preach;

4. TO WHOM WAS HE TO PREACH?
• To the Poor
a. Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
b. Not financially poor but poor (humble) in Spirit
c. Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the
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