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I want you to turn with me in your Old Testament to Isaiah chapter 61. Now I did say this morning that I would be preaching the Gospel, of sorts. What I meant by that, if I didn't explain it already, is that often we get this idea that the Gospel is only for unbelievers. It's not, it's for us all. Sometimes the preaching of the Gospel can, well, it can betray that fact that we are only really preaching it to the lost, rather than a whole message for everyone. Now, you may misunderstand what I'm saying - just to cause you no worry: if you're not saved here tonight, there will be enough in what I'm going to say for you to hear words by which you may be saved. But I'm going to preach in a way that will be applicable to everyone here tonight, and I believe the Lord has a message.

I want to preach to you on the first three verses or so of Isaiah 61, under the heading: 'The Mission Statement Of Messiah'. Verse 1 then, and it's as if Isaiah the prophet here - remember, about 700 years before Christ was born - it's as if he's speaking as Christ. So this is prophecy, the prophet Isaiah is speaking prophetically as if he is the mouthpiece of Christ, the Anointed Son of God. Verse 1: "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; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified". Let's read verse 4 as well: "And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations".

Here we have the mission statement of Messiah, the reason why He came, the reason why God anointed Him...

Let's pray and, as I invited you this morning, please pray for yourself that God might speak to you. We want to pray for each other, but I want you to pray for yourself that the Lord might meet with you this evening. Abba Father, we worship You tonight for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Anointed, the Messiah. We thank You for what He was anointed to do. We thank You that He came willingly to do what You had ordained Him to do. Father, we thank You that He came and He faithfully executed everything that was in the volume of the book. We thank You that every jot and tittle of Your will and Your word was fulfilled in Your Son, the Lord Jesus. We thank You, Lord, that because He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, You have exalted Him to the highest place that heaven affords. We praise You, Lord, that You have put all things under His feet. We rejoice that all principalities and powers are beneath His feet now. We take, invoking His name by faith, authority over all the powers of darkness even at work in this place. We rebuke you in Jesus' name, and we silence you, and we bind you, every ungodly spirit. We pray, Lord, in Jesus' name, that You will release the Holy Spirit in great power through the preaching of the good news of the Gospel. We cannot do anything of ourselves, Lord, so we pray: Come, we welcome and invite Your power by the Holy Spirit to come and to take a dealing with all our hearts. Lord, we all need You, every single one of us tonight needs to hear a voice from heaven. We need to experience the instrumentality of the Holy Spirit's ministry to our hearts, to my heart, Lord. So come, if people need to be converted, may tonight be their night; if backsliders need restored, bring them home Lord; cold people in their faith, Lord, revive them, restore them, ignite the fire we pray. All of us, Lord, give us a touch, come, we pray, and minister the fullness of Your so great salvation. For the glory of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

As I said, about 700 years - a little bit more than that - before Christ was born, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we have this prophecy. Now just in case there are any sceptics in the meeting tonight, this should settle the argument for you. Here is prophetic Scripture as we find in much of Isaiah, Isaiah could nearly be called 'The Gospel of Isaiah' because it's full of the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. You'll be hearing next week in your Carol Services that He would be born of a virgin, His name would be called Emmanuel - all of that was prophesied in the prophet Isaiah. Of course there are other prophets, Micah tells us that He would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah; David tells us in Psalm 22 that He would be crucified, even though crucifixion wasn't invented, it says 'My hands and my feet were pierced'. So God's authentic stamp of approval on the message of the good news of Jesus is found in prophetic Scripture. Scripture is self-authenticating, it proves itself to be what it says it is: the infallible word of God. That means that God has set His seal on the message of the Gospel, the message of Jesus.

Jesus was not sent with His arm up His back, He was not sent under duress to come to be our Saviour...

Here we have an Isaiah 61 what I like to call 'The Mission Statement of the Messiah'. You know what a mission statement is, don't you? It is a statement of purpose of a company, or perhaps an organisation. Effectively it is their reason for existing, it is their reason for being. So here we have the mission statement of Messiah, the reason why He came, the reason why God anointed Him. We see in verse 1 that this is a triune operation. The sending of Jesus Christ into the world involved the whole Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Now that's important: Jesus was not sent with His arm up His back, He was not sent under duress to come to be our Saviour. He came willingly, voluntarily - but more than that, it wasn't as if God the Father was sending Him, and God the Father was just staying back in heaven. This was an operation involving the whole Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to such an extent that the apostle says: 'God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself'. In other words, God Himself came. Jesus was offered by the Eternal Spirit - Father, Son and Holy Spirit were involved in this mission statement.

Now, who is this character prophesied? Well, I think it's probably obvious to most, but just in case it's not to you, keep your finger or a marker in Isaiah 61 and come with me to Luke chapter 4. The Gospel of Luke, into the New Testament now, the record of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Luke chapter 4, we've seen the description of the Messiah prophetically, now we are witnessing it historically - verse 16: Jesus 'came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 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', Isaiah 61, where we read from, ''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', fastened on Him, 'And He began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing'. So all bore witness to Him, and marvelled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, 'Is this not Joseph's son?''.

The Lord Jesus Christ, in the flesh, is claiming to be the historical fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy. It's very clear, isn't it? As we go further down the chapter we see this exemplified, verse 40 of Luke 4: 'When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them'. In fact, we could go right through the Gospel of Luke, if we go to chapter 7 we see there a funeral. A widow who had already lost her husband now loses her only son, the bread-winner in whom all of her hopes were wrapped. The cruel hand of death had snatched her boy from her bosom. Here Jesus Christ, there's only one narrow road coming out of Nain, and He meets that funeral cortege. It was an indignity not to give way to a funeral, just like today - but Jesus Christ never gives way to death. He stood there and wouldn't let it past, and He touched the coffin and the young lad came back to life.

Jesus Christ never gives way to death. He stood there and wouldn't let it past...

We go into chapter 8 and we find a woman with an issue of blood. For twelve years she had went round all the quack medicine doctors, conventional physicians and also unconventional alternative medicine practitioners, and she was not getting any better, she was getting worse. She touches the hem of Jesus' garment, she hadn't even the guts to come out of the crowd and identify with Jesus. She got into the crowd, lost herself, and touched the hem of His garment - and it wasn't the greatness of her faith, but the greatness of the Saviour that honoured her faith, and she was made whole immediately. In that same chapter we have Jairus sending servants about his daughter, and because Jesus is delayed with this woman with the issue of blood - that little girl who was 12 years old, the woman had an issue for 12 years, this girl was 12 years of age - she so sick, and she dies in the interim as Jesus delays. But He goes to Jairus' house - late, we would say - but He comes in and He puts death out, He puts the mourners out that mock Him. He says: 'Talitha cumi', 'Little lamb, I say unto you, arise'.

We go into chapter 13, and we find a daughter of Abraham in the synagogue - that was a believer. She had a spirit of infirmity - just in case you didn't think believers could have spirits, there you have it. Chapter 13, Jesus delivers this woman. Chapter 17, we have Samaritan lepers, and Jesus cleanses them. Do you see what's happening here? He is fulfilling this mission statement, this mandate of Messiah. In chapter 7, if you look at it, the greatest man, apart from Jesus, that was ever born of woman - the greatest prophet that ever lived - was John the Baptist. We see that he begins, I believe, to have doubts. He is now cast into prison for taking a moral stand in his preaching against Herod, and languishing in prison he maybe expected Jesus to get him out - but Jesus didn't. He sends some of his own disciples, John's disciples, to Jesus and asks Him: 'Are you really He that should come, are You the Anointed One, are You the prophesied One, or do we look for another? Have we got it wrong?'. I believe he was doubting.

Now look at how Jesus answers, verse 22 of Luke 7: 'Jesus answered and said to them, 'Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me''. Wow! That sounds harsh, but Jesus was appealing to all these criteria, prophetically, of what Messiah would do, who He would be, and He's saying: 'Tell John this is happening, and whoever doesn't stumble in unbelief at Me is blessed'.

The first thing that Jesus was anointed to do was to preach good news to the poor, or to the meek...

Now, I want us to come back to Isaiah 61, because I want to break up each one of these things for you and bring out of it what I believe the Lord would have us learn. Isaiah 61, the first thing that Jesus was anointed to do was to preach good news to the poor, or to the meek. The Gospel is good news - you do know that? That's what that ancient English word means 'Gospel', 'good news', but that's literally what the original word means: 'glad tidings'. Jesus came to preach good news to the poor, that's what it says, to the meek - the word actually means 'to the suffering ones', to those who have been held back in society, disadvantaged and disenfranchised, that's who Jesus came for.

Now, I have to say to you: I believe that we've lost touch with this - and I include myself in that statement. First of all, the Gospel is good news - and I have to say that a lot of what emanates from our pulpits these days is bad news. Now there is a lot of bad news about, we're not riding on the crest of the moral nor spiritual wave here in the West, things are going down the pan in our country, and the Lord Jesus - I believe - is coming soon. But nevertheless, the Gospel is still good news, and we need to preach it as glad tidings to the poor, to the meek, to the broken, to those disenfranchised and disadvantaged in society. Is that what we preach? Are we preaching good news?

Now I'm going to be pretty straight with you tonight: there's a lot of people think that if you don't preach hell, you're not preaching the Gospel - and that is utter nonsense. Hell is not the Gospel, hell is not good news to anybody. Now, of course, the good news is only good news when you realise the bad news, and we need to make people aware of sin, the holiness of God, and that there is a judgement - but that is not the good news! The good news is: there is a Saviour, there is an answer! I think some people have the idea that the best thing you can do if you get a crowd of sinners together, is to get them in a room and preach hellfire at them for a fortnight. A man was once asked to church, he had all sorts of problems, vices, life inflicting habits, and a Christian friend at work asked him along to church. He said: 'I've enough problems as it is without going to church!'. Do you know there are some people that go out after church worse than they came in at the start? Do you know that? Wait till I tell you, if I'm honest, I'm one of them at times! The Gospel is good news, and poor people, the meek, the held back, the broken, they need to hear good news!

The Gospel is good news, and poor people, the meek, the held back, the broken, they need to hear good news!

Here's another aspect that we have missed out on, perhaps. Not only the good news, but the fact that Jesus came and preached to the poor. Now it is an occupational hazard of the Christian, because you're not maybe spending money on drink and cigarettes, and whatever else people spend money on when they're in the world, that you've a few more pounds in your pockets and you can do a wee bit more with it. It's very easy to become middle-class and out of touch with where poor people are at. Then you've got the argument that there aren't any poor people around these days, because we've got a welfare state - and how can there be poor people when they can afford their Sky TV and 60-a-day habit? Listen, Jesus doesn't say: 'Only preach good news to those who are poor under a certain criteria'. He doesn't tell us how they got poor, He just tells us: 'Preach to the poor'. Is that what I do?

I heard of a group who were organising young people's meetings, and they had a vision that they wanted to reach educated young people who would be University candidates - you know, grammar school kids - because they felt that if they could get to them, well, that would be the policymakers of the future, the world shakers if you like. That might seem a good idea, it might seem wisdom, but I just thought to myself - and I'm not criticising someone else's vision, I don't know if it was God or not - but my immediate reaction was: 'Well, that wasn't what Jesus did'. He didn't go to the policymakers or the world shakers, He went to the poor. It says the common people heard Him gladly. Is that what we do? Do we preach good news to the poor? That's what Jesus came to do. Do you notice sin hasn't even been mentioned? I'm not saying you don't get round to that, I'm just saying do you notice that it hasn't even been mentioned yet?

The second thing that's said of our Lord is that He would be anointed to heal the brokenhearted. That's very high up the list there: good news to poor, meek people, and then healing brokenhearted people. The word used gives the picture of bandaging up a wound, a heart wound. This speaks of covering every human breakdown possible, from the conviction of sin where you are languishing in habits and brokenness of vice and immorality, spiritual bankruptcy, but right up to emotional and mental breakdown. Jesus came to heal brokenhearted people! The idea is that He will come to bring one-to-one personal attention to broken hearts. He will bring soothing and healing and restoration to wholeness.

The second thing that's said of our Lord is that He would be anointed to heal the brokenhearted...

I think it's seen in His parable of the good Samaritan. It was said of the good Samaritan, after all the religious guys walked by the poor beat-up man, that the Samaritan went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him. If statistics are right, there are a lot of brokenhearted people in the meeting now. You might be a Christian - has Jesus begun to heal your broken heart? People talk this way: 'I'm shattered', something has happened, 'I'm shattered, I'm in bits, I'm in pieces' - have you ever spoken that way? That's a sign of a broken heart, or a broken spirit. The spirit is the part of us that is our identity, and some of us even from childhood have broken spirits, damaged spirits, wounded, fractured spirits. They have never been healed - and we can get saved and all the rest, trust Jesus as our Saviour, and the past has been wiped clean and we know we're on our way to heaven - but here is what Jesus came to do: He came to bring good news to poor, held back people, and He came to heal the brokenhearted! Is your broken heart healed?

Isaiah said: 'By His stripes, we are healed'. Is this the Gospel we preach? I think we only preach a half a message, and maybe it's not even a hundredth of a message, in the sense that we tell people: if you repent of your sin and believe the Gospel, believe that Jesus died for you, you'll get a ticket to heaven, and you'll know you'll be with Him for all eternity - but people are crying out not only for that, that's part of it, but there are crying out now: 'How can I be made whole? How can I be saved from my sinful habits? How can I know life to the full in abundance?'. There is a remedy for the fallen condition of man in the Gospel now! There is healing for the brokenhearted - that's good news if ever there was! Is that what you've embraced? Is that what you've experienced, Christian?

Good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted - see the next: liberty to the captives. A captive is someone who has been taken by the will of another. Paul talks about this in 2 Timothy, he says that he was preaching that people might come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. Do you realise that? There are people who are taken captive by the devil to do his will - and I believe some of them may even be believers. They have given over rights and ground to the enemy by will and choice, and the devil has got a foothold in their lives.

There are people who are taken captive by the devil to do his will - and I believe some of them may even be believers...

I stand to be corrected on this one if you can show me any different, but in all my reading of the Old Testament I have never ever come across an expulsion of a demon. Have you ever noticed that in the Old Testament? Now, of course, David played the harp and Saul was momentarily helped, but there was never the expelling, once and for all, of a demonic spirit out of anyone. It appears, as we come into the New Testament, that this was something that was reserved for Messiah - that when He came, He would set captives, those held by the devil, He would set them free. In fact, in Matthew chapter 12, when the Pharisees and Scribes accused Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub, He said this: 'If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you'. It was a sign that He was the Messiah.

There has been a great explosion of occultic activity in our society, but also through the media. You know there is a big fascination with not only Harry Potter, that's old school now, but vampire movies and vampire romance books and all sorts of stuff. There are even a few recent films on possession, one of them called 'The Devil Inside'. A Vatican exorcist commented and said, concerning the rise of occultism in society in general, he says: 'It's not, I believe, that the devil has upped his game, but rather more are willing to play the game'. I thought that was good - I happen to believe that the devil is upping his game as we approach the second coming of Jesus, but I am absolutely sure that he is correct in this much: many are willing to play the game. They have become captives to the devil.

It's wonderful that when Peter came to Cornelius' house and preached to him words whereby he may be saved, this is what he said: 'God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him'. That's what Jesus came to do, and if you're in bondage to the devil tonight - you might not even know you're in bondage to the devil, there are Christians in bondage to the devil and they don't even realise it - Jesus sets you free. This is why I'm talking about a complete and whole Gospel, Jesus sets you free!

Jesus Christ came into this world to set us free, even from our own misdemeanours, our own choices...

But then he talks also here, Isaiah, good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, liberty to the captives - opening of the prison. Now, if a captive is someone who has been taken hold of by the will of another, a prison is of our own making. How do you work that out? Well, if you have been judged justly, you will end up in prison as the just deserts of your own actions. You didn't want to be caught, but in effect you're there by your own making, your own choosing. So it's not only things that perhaps were not all our fault that have afflicted us from the devil, some have been our own choice, other things have not - but Jesus Christ came into this world to set us free, even from our own misdemeanours, our own choices that have cast us headlong on the road to perdition.

Isn't that amazing? How gracious He is! While we were yet sinners, while we made our own choice, we were knee-deep in sin, up to our elbows in it wilfully, consciously - but Jesus came into this world to die for sinners. It's amazing, isn't it, this has been translated also 'to bring sight to the blind'. Some of us are blind in darkness. If you're not converted tonight, you could be religious - that's one of the greatest blindnesses there is - Jesus said the religious leaders of His day were blind leaders of the blind, and both of them fell into the ditch. Are you blind tonight in religion? Are you blind in self-righteousness? Are you blind in the darkness of the devil? Are you blinded by your own vices and your own lifestyle bondage? Jesus can set you free! In fact, the prison doors are open! When Jesus died on the cross He procured salvation, He shed His precious blood to defeat sin, to defeat Satan, to defeat death and the grave itself - to save us from hell! The prison doors are open, it's up to you whether you want to go out or not.

Here we see the Lord, finally, would proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Now it's interesting to note that that verse goes on, verse 2, 'the day of vengeance of our God', but when Jesus stood in the synagogue reading this portion He stopped short of that, He didn't read about the day of the vengeance of our God. Do you know why? Because He hadn't come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved - but one day He's coming into the world to judge the world, and I believe it's soon. But He stopped short of that, and He's stopped short of it tonight. He's not dangling you over hell, you're condemned already by the choices that you've made, but if God wanted you to be in hell tonight you would have been in it already. He's long-suffering, He's a patient God, He wills that none should perish but all should come to repentance. That's why Jesus came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

If you're a slave tonight to your sin, even a Christian struggling with sin, Jesus sets you free. He has the power to set you free...

Now, let me explain what that means. In Leviticus 25, in the Old Testament, we have what's called 'the sabbatical year'. Just as the Sabbath is the seventh day, the sabbatical year is the seventh year. On the seventh year, well, they took a rest from their farming and various other activities - but every seven sevens, every seventh seven years, 49 years, they celebrated the year of Jubilee, which was the 50th year. That was a wonderful year in Israel, because on that year slaves were released, on that year if you had your family land taken off you - maybe your grandfather couldn't pay his debts and he lost the family farm - well, on that year of Jubilee you got your land back, and all land was returned to the original owners. Another wonderful thing in the year of Jubilee was that all debts were cancelled - what a year! A few people would love that this year, wouldn't they?

Jesus came to proclaim the spiritual acceptable year of Jubilee. If you're a slave tonight to your sin, even a Christian struggling with sin, Jesus sets you free. He has the power to set you free. How you get free is another issue: you need to repent; you need to renounce, perhaps, things you are involved in; you might need some help and some prayer - but Jesus, the power of Christ, the power of the blood, the power of the cross and the resurrection releases slaves, restores back what is lost like land that has been forfeited! You can have back the years that the locusts have eaten! Your debts can all be cancelled - you tell me if that's not good news! It might even put a smile on your face, perish the thought!

The wonderful thing is: it's the acceptable year of the Lord - what that means is, it's His good pleasure. It's what He wants for you. I love that! Does God want to help me? Does God want to save me? People agonise over these questions: 'I don't know if God wants to save me, I don't know if I'm one of the chosen, I don't know if God wants to heal me or touch me or restore my heart' - it is His desire! That's why He anointed Jesus, that's why He sent Him into this world as a babe, that's why He died on the cross and shed His blood, that's why He was buried, that's why He rose again - He wills it, and you can have it tonight if you repent and come to Christ.

Not only is this the mission statement of Messiah prophetically, historically and apostolically, but it is presently...

Let me leave something with the Christians here tonight. Turn with me to Acts chapter 26. This is probably the last time I'll preach this year, so I'm going to make the most of it. Acts chapter 26, we have said that this was the mission statement of Messiah prophetically in Isaiah 61, historically in Luke 4 and right throughout the Gospels - but I want you to see that this was the mission statement of the Messiah apostolically. The early church was knighted to do the same thing, Acts 26, look at 18, and this is Paul - he was converted and he was commissioned to preach the Gospel, and here's one of the aspects that he was commissioned to do, verse 18: 'to open their eyes', the blind, 'in order to turn them from darkness to light', coming out of prison in darkness into light, open eyes, 'and from the power of Satan to God', there's the captives, 'that they may receive forgiveness of sins', the year of Jubilee, debts cancelled, 'and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me' - that's what Paul was sent to do.

Now, let me ask you a question: does this apply today? Well, let me ask you another question: who is the body of Christ today? The church. Not only is this the mission statement of Messiah prophetically, historically and apostolically, but it is presently. Look with me quickly at the great commission in Matthew 28 at the very end, 'Jesus came and spoke to them, saying', verse 18, ''All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit''. Let's just pause there for a moment. Do you know what a disciple is? A disciple is an apprentice, that's all it means - it is someone less experienced coming along someone more experienced and learning from watching them. That's why the disciples were with our Lord for three and a half years: they were watching. Look at what it says here, verse 20: 'Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age'. Now 'teaching them to observe' does not mean just watch, that word 'observe' in the old English, it's better translated: 'teaching them to put into practice the things that I have commanded you'.

The disciples were to learn from Jesus, put into practice what He had been anointed to do, and then they were to teach others to do the same. If you turn to Mark 16, and I'll finish with this, his corresponding great commission passage at the end: 'And He said to them', verse 15, ''Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover'. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs'. Is that any different?

What is the Gospel we preach? Is it full, to the whole man, to the whole woman, for their whole life and eternity?

What is the Gospel we preach? Is it full, to the whole man, to the whole woman, for their whole life and eternity? Is that the Gospel that you have believed? As we said this morning: is that the message that you have entered into in absolute completeness, for it's God's message, and every drop of blood of His precious beloved Son was shed so that you might live in the good of it.

Let us pray. I don't want to rush. Has God spoken to you tonight? Have you a broken heart? Don't suppress the pain - this is what we often do as humans, we push it down. Don't push it down, let it up, let the Lord at it, and let Him heal it. Bring it to Him now. Bring your brokenness, bring your sinfulness, bring your self-righteousness, bring your pain, bring your heartache, bring whatever it is, and the Lord Jesus is well able to help you, to heal you, to restore you, to deliver you.

'O how sweet the glorious message,
Simple faith may claim;
Yesterday, today, forever,
Jesus is the same.
Still He loves to save the sinful,
Heal the sick and lame;
Cheer the mourner, still the tempest;
Glory to His name!'

You might never have been saved - come to Him tonight. You might be a backslider - come to Him tonight. You may be a needy Christian, that needs your heart bandaged, maybe you need release from some satanic bondage upon you, maybe you need out of a prison of your own making, maybe you need a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, you need the ruins in your life to be restored - I thank God that we have a message that does all of that and more. It's not a message, it's a Man, Jesus of Nazareth who was anointed of the Holy Spirit, and went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.

Lord Jesus, we praise and exalt Your holy name. We uplift it, we glorify it, we magnify Your holy name, Son of God, Lamb of Calvary, Lion of Judah. May You be exalted tonight in this place, and brought glory and honour through mending the broken, restoring the fallen, healing the weak. Lord Jesus Christ, be glorified, for You alone are worthy. Amen.

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December 2012

This sermon was delivered at the Iron Hall Evangelical Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the recording, titled "The Mission Statement Of Messiah" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.

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