Advent Week 3: Isaiah 61 Christmas’ Edge



Theme: God fulfilled the promise of a Messiah in the first advent of Jesus and Jesus will rescue his people in his second advent


Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126:1-6

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Luke 1:46b-55

John 1:6-8, 19-28


Isaiah 61:1-11

1. Celebrate Christmas’s edge in the righteously violent rescue of our King Isaiah 61:1-4 (63:1-4)

A. The first advent

1. Good news to the poor

2. Bind up the broken-hearted

3. Liberty to the captives

4. Opening of the prison to those who are bound

5. Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

A. The second advent

1. Day of vengeance of our God

a. Isaiah 63:1-4

What will he do in this second advent?

2. Comfort all who mourn (those who are not recipients of vengeance but oppressed by

those who are receiving vengeance)

3. (NOTE: use of the double verb in verse 3 to show the strength with which the Lord

gives to his people) Beautiful headdress / instead of ashes (celebration instead of defeat)

4. Oil of gladness / instead of mourning

5. Garment of praise / instead of a faint spirit


6. Called: Oaks of righteousness (“symbolical of men strong in righteousness, instead of being, as heretofore, bowed down as a reed with sin and calamity” (Is 1:29, 30; Is 42:3; 1Ki 14:15; Ps 1:3; 92:12–14; Je 17:8).[1]

7. Planting of the Lord / That the Lord may be glorified

8. Rejoicing in the Lord from all nations 61:10-11 (it’s this part that got Jesus in trouble

while preaching this message at the synagogue in Nazareth)

[1] Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, A. R. Fausset et al., A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), Is 61:3.

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