SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- This passage gives insight into the character of the Messiah (Jesus) while highlighting the positive effects that the Messiah will bring to the world. Verses 1-3 combine to state what the Messiah’s purpose is and what He will be doing on Earth. Several different action steps are mentioned such as turning sadness into blessing, comforting the brokenhearted, and freeing captives and prisoners of sin. Verses 4-9 cover how people will be restored from their past brokenness and redeemed in Jesus. Verses 10-11 is a declaration of joy and thankfulness for God and His salvation.
- Jesus was a blessing because of the salvation He brought to all of humanity. Jesus came on the earth to free people from their pain and sin and thankfully for us, He succeeded in doing that. Overall, this passage is the condensed version of God’s purpose on Earth, God’s salvation, and the reaction that people have when they receive that free salvation.
- Do you hurt? Are you ashamed or broken? Do you feel like you can’t get out of a certain situation no matter how hard you try? Go to God if you’re feeling this way because His salvation and love is the only thing that will bring true healing and joy.