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Anointed One

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Luke 19 to 21

'Anointed' is one of those words you are don't often meet outside the pages of the Bible. Anointed means to have been set aside and marked by God for service or authority, by being smeared with oil.

Luke 4:17 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 preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." NIV

Jesus made a statement about Himself which was particularly powerful. Firstly, He was in no doubt that He was full of the Holy Spirit and God's anointed one. He knew this scripture was written about Him. He had also heard His Father's voice boom out:

Luke 3:22 "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." NIV

Secondly, He knew He had a clear mandate from God – a date with man – the year of the Lord's favour.
Thirdly, he set something in motion by the statement "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing". He had made the claim that He was the Messiah – this was to make Him the hope of the poor and the adversary of the religious. If Jesus hadn't have made this point, He would probably have not been crucified, and we would have no hope at all.
Jesus' anointing was clear and has resulted in the option of life for all men.
When Jesus returned to the Father He sent the Holy Spirit to all believers. We need that anointing today, just as Jesus did.
As we confidently stand in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, His anointing will not only teach us all things, but will enable us to live the life that Jesus has called us to – one just like His own:

Acts 10:38 God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. NIV