The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines; but you shall be called priests of the LORD, you shall be named ministers of our God; you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations, and in their riches you shall glory. Because their shame was double, and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot, therefore they shall possess a double portion; everlasting joy shall be theirs. (Isaiah 61:1-7, NRSV)
This passage from Isaiah speaks about the proclamation of liberty and opening of prisons, restoration from captivity.
This is a passage for those who are not yet where they know they Lord will take them, to help them press on, and to see through to the end. Because the Lord has promised to do all of these things and they will be done.
It is a proclamation of hope. And we all need a little hope.
So as we await the coming of our Lord as a baby in the manger and as returning judge of all, let us have a little hope that His promises will be fulfilled!