Before I address what God anointed Jesus to do, I want to make sure you know when he was anointed. The four Gospels agree on this; below is the account of Mark 1:9-11:
Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from
the water, he saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon him
like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
That was the moment Jesus became “The Anointed One” (“The Christ”) and “The Son of God.” Jesus announced what God anointed him to do at his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. The account of his announcement is found in Luke 4:16-21.
So Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Shabbat, and stood up to read. And he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the scroll, he found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of Yahweh is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the year of favor of Yahweh.”
Then he closed the scroll, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he said to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
The words Jesus read are found in Isaiah 61:1-2a. This is what God anointed him to do.
● Preach the gospel to the poor.
● Heal the brokenhearted.
● Proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind.
● Set at liberty those who are oppressed.
● Proclaim the year of favor of Yahweh.
Now we can update our understanding of the words “Jesus the Anointed One.”
Jesus – The One called by God to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed, and proclaim that the year of favor of Yahweh has begun – Son of God.
Is W.W.J.D. – What Would Jesus Do – important to you? Now you have a much more accurate understanding about what he had been anointed to do. Before you read this series of emails about the meaning of “Jesus Christ Son of God,” did you understand what those words meant to him and his Jewish followers? Very few readers of English translations do. In my next email I will explain the meaning of “Son of God.”