The Anointed One brings Good News of Liberation
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
a. The LORD God anointed (bsngo ‘bul) His chosen servant (Isaiah 42:1) by filling (bkang) him with His Spirit (Isaiah 11:2). That is the meaning of Mashiga; he is the Anointed One (Masiah in Hebrew language; Messiah in English; the Greek word with same meaning is Christos).
b. Mashiga tells us his work; it is to bring good news, to heal and to liberate.
c. In speaking of prisoners, he could be describing the release of both those who are in dark prisons, and of those who feel blind, imprisoned (btsan gnon rnams) by the darkness of their karma (las), not able to see any hope beyond their death (see below*).
Fulfillment in Yeshu
Yeshu preached good news to the poor (e.g. Mark 6:34, 35).
Yeshu brought healing to broken-hearted, crushed people (Matthew 11:28-30). For not only at the time of which Isaiah was prophesying, but also at Yeshu’s time, people were oppressed (btsan gnon) by invaders to their country.
Yeshu understood that Isaiah’s picture language was about the release, both* of actual prisoners, and* of ‘as-if-prisoners’ in the prison of blindness caused by ignorance – m rig pa (Luke 4:18). He described himself as The Light of the World’ (John 8:12; and said that belief in him would set people free (John 8:31, 32; 12:44-46).
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