“The Spirit of the Lord 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 acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
This scripture that Jesus read from the book of Isaiah is the passage that He spoke in the synagogues when His ministry began. He read the passage and then He told the people there, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” This was the reason Jesus came and this was His mission to complete.
This passage identifies the condition of the people who are lost in the world. Let’s take a minute to break down the conditions listed here and how Jesus solved the issues.
Poor – “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty we might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
Brokenhearted – “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3
Captive – “that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him (the devil) to do his will.” II Timothy 2:26
Bound – “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Acts 8:23
Blind – “having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;” Ephesians 4:18
Oppressed – “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
When He left, He passed the same mission on to the disciples and to us. It is our inheritance as believers. It is the good news. Before He ascended into heaven He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel (good news) to every creature.” Mark 16:15 These were His anointed words to all those who believe and receive the message of the gospel. The good news is the broken-hearted can be healed, the captive can be set free, and those bound by sin can be loosed.
Today I encourage you to consider your inheritance as a child of God and your mission to share the good news with those around you. Ask God to prepare the hearts of those He would have you touch with His message of freedom. Pray for a heart of compassion to love others the way Jesus did so your desire to reach the lost is increased each day. Then start sharing His love by reaching to people right where they are, lost and hurting. Start walking out your mission today by proclaiming His liberty every where you go.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 4:16-30
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord 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;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.’ ”
24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;
26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.