“The Lord’s Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce
freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who
suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
This morning we continue to investigate this text by focusing on the words “because he has chosen me.” The word translated “chosen” here is translated “anointed” in the KJV. This word is the Greek word chrio, which means to smear on or to rub on with oil. Oil was used in the Old
Testament to consecrate and sanctify a person or a thing unto God. For
example, Aaron and his sons (Ex 28:41) were anointed with oil when they
were sanctified and consecrated for the priest’s office. Aaron also (Ex
29:36) anointed the altar with oil, thereby sanctifying it and making it holy. Aaron later (40:9) anointed the tabernacle and everything in it.
David was also anointed with oil (1 Sam 16:12) when the Lord selected
him to be king over Saul. And there are other examples.
It has been said, and I agree, that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The oil
of the Old Testament was a symbol of the promised Holy Spirit and a
shadow of things to come. Jesus stood up in His home town and declared
that He too was anointed, but this time not with oil. His anointing came when He was baptized by John in the Jordan and the Holy Spirit came
down (Mat 3:16) like a dove and rested upon Him. Jesus was announcing in that Synagogue in Nazareth that He was anointed by the Holy Spirit
Himself! This anointing would be so powerful that the gospel writers and most people today would affix it to His name. Take another look at the
Greek word for anoint and you will now recognize why He was referred to
as Jesus Christ or Jesus the Christ. This is better translated “Jesus
the Anointed One.” So now we can see that Christ is not Jesus’ last
name, but rather a reference to His selection and empowerment as the
Messiah. What is interesting is that believers were later called
Christians (Acts 11:26), indicating that they were chosen and anointed
Paul said that we were “anointed” (2 Cor 1:21) by God and John said that we
have received the “anointing” (1 Jn 2:27). Both statements refer to the
fact that we have received the same Holy Spirit that Jesus was anointed
with. The anointing empowered Jesus to remove burdens and destroy yokes
(Is 10:27). Basically, He brought about a change everywhere He went. He
was the Christ and we are Christians, meaning that when people come in
contact with us, they should come in contact with Jesus. God has chosen
us, anointed us with the Holy Spirit, set us apart for His work,
therefore we should be used of God to bring about a change everywhere we go.
So what does this mean to you today? Two things:
1. Understand Your Identity and Your Empowerment: It is difficult to walk around with a low self-esteem and with you head
held down when you understand who you are and what you have been
empowered by God to. God has empowered you to bring about a positive
change everywhere you go. Like Jesus, you are anointed for a special
work. Act like it!
2. Let His Light Shine: If people come in contact with you on a regular basis and never “see”
Jesus, then it is time to make some changes. God’s power and empowerment live inside of all Born-Again believers, but you have to let it out!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am Your child and I have been equipped, enabled, and empowered
by the Holy Spirit. I submit myself unto the Holy Spirit and His
anointing and He uses me to bring about a positive change in my
environment today and every day!
In Jesus’ name.