Sunday, 2nd August 2015
Rev. Daniel Poon
2015 is the year of Jubilee, and therefore the year of the Lord’s favour. What does it mean by the year of the Lord’s favour? Rev. Daniel shared with us today Isaiah 61:1-3, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.”
1. To Proclaim Good News to the Poor
Who is the poor? We often refer poor to those who lacks money and resource, but actually, God talks about the poor in spirit. We are the poor and when we recognise how poor we are, we will receive the Good News. Jesus is close to those hunger and thirst, and in the year of the Lord’s favour, He comes to tell us the Good News, that we are His chosen ones.
2. To Bind Up the Broken Hearted
God is here to heal us and to make us whole again. This world teaches us to be competitive, and since early age we are taught to fight for survival. At the end of the day, we did not know who we are and what we work for. In the year of Jubilee, God will come to renew us, heal all our hurts, so we can start again.
3. To Proclaim Freedom for the Captives
Jesus came to set us free but the world blinds us from seeing God’s favours in our lives. We are never satisfied, just like the Israelites when they left Egypt. It’s easier for us to complaint and see we are lacking, than to see God’s favour with us. We are like slaves, being captured by this world’s standards and our own desires. Therefore it’s time to proclaim freedom in our lives and see ourselves as how God sees us!
4. To Release from Darkness for the Prisoners
We are prisoners of this world – technologies, social network, alcohol, money, drugs, even expectations from others… many things take away our freedom. As children of God, we have the freedom and authority to say ‘no’ to the things that displease God.
5. To Comfort All Who Mourn
God did not give us the authority to judge, but the power to love others. We should be comforting those who mourn and giving them the Good News about Jesus. In the year of God’s favour, we will be bestowed a crown of beauty, given the oil of joy, and clothed the garment of praise!