16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4: 14-19
When in the midst of unbearable sadness, unspeakable tragedy, physical and emotional suffering, there is no hope aside from the spiritual recovery offered through Jesus.
He is the rescuer digging through the mudslides of life that have taken our loved ones and our hearts and hopes with them; only He can release us from our bitter losses and lead us to affirming with joy the greatness of His Spirit in His people.
He is alongside us in our suffering, weeping as we weep. He knows how deeply we long for the freedom of release and recovery.
He is who He says.