Isaiah 61:1-2 (NKJV) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
These are the portion of Scripture that the Lord Jesus Christ read in the Synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. This is how the events of that they are described: “And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him” (Luke 4:17-20 NKJV). If you look back at verse 2 of Isaiah 61, you will notice that Jesus stopped reading at the comma. And as all eyes in the Synagogue were fixed on Him, “He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”” (Luke 4:21 NKJV). The Lord Jesus Christ stopped reading at the comma, because Isaiah’s prophecy up to that point of verses 1 and 2 was fulfilled by Jesus’ first coming. The purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ’s first coming and His second coming is separated by a comma. The gap of time between the right side of the comma and the left side of the comma has now been over 20 hundred years. We are at the comma between the first coming and the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can look back at the left of the comma when Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself. For instance: His Incarnation, God the Son in human flesh, God with us; His death on the cross as our Redeemer; and His resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ our living Savior. We can look to the right of the comma and we can see the purpose of Jesus’ second coming. When Jesus returns, He will come to execute the wrath of God and to establish His Millennial Kingdom. But we don’t know when that day will be. And before the Lord Jesus Christ comes to put down the rebellion against God, He will remove all who belongs to Him by faith. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 NKJV). Jesus emphasized this truth when He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3 NKJV). Our Lord Jesus Christ will take us home to heaven before He executes “the day of vengeance of our God.” And He will comfort the faithful remnant of Israel who suffered through the Great Tribulation.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.