Isaiah 61: 1-3, ” 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.”
When John the Baptist had sent his disciples to ask Jesus whether or not everything was going to be okay, they returned to him with almost the entire first verse. The only phrase that was missing was the part at the end about freeing prisoners. When you compare countries that are open to the gospel and those that remain closed, you notice a stark difference. First of all, the closed countries have not managed to keep the gospel at bay. They have managed to get by, but it is without the blessing that action upon God’s Word provides. The countries that are open to the Gospel are open to other beliefs and debate. They’re blessed when they act upon God’s Word. They give more and take less. Even so, being as free as they are, it means that they’re free to ignore the Bible alltogether. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, the gospel’s influence and impact cannot be stopped. Either you’ll come to see some remarkable things or you’ll fail in the attempt to stop some remarkable things.