Scripture: Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has annointed me to proclaim good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;” (ESV)
In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the nuts and bolts of Jesus’ mission. This particular scripture is an echo of Isaiah 61:1, with Jesus making the claim that He is the fulfillment of this prophecy written some 700 years before his birth. There are four (4) observations in this scripture, all of which have to do with our series message, Spiritual Freedom. The scripture tells us that Jesus was annointed (appointed) by the Holy Spirit to do the following:
- Proclaim the Good News to the Poor
- Bind Up the Brokenhearted
- Proclaim Liberty to the Captives
- Open the Prison to Those who are Bound
Let us look at these independently for a moment.
Proclaim the Good News to the Poor
The gospel (good news) message was first heard from Jesus Christ whose sole mission was not only to proclaim the good news, but be the chief player in the good news. Here we see that He wants the poor in spirit to hear his good news and be renewed. With Christ’s work on the cross we are able to be renewed by the Holy Spirit, one of the spiritual gifts we recieve for our faith in Him. With any renewal of mind and spirit comes the feeling of freedom.
Bind Up the Brokenhearted
It is easy to become a victim of a brokenheart in a culture where people are oppressed by religious “holier than thou” sects. Such was the case with the time God chose for Jesus to bless this earth with His presence. The Pharisees and Sadduccees had become the two main sects who took charge of the Law and its teaching. Unfortunately for those who were uneducated, which was nearly all of the Jewish population besides, the dependence on the correct interpretation was taken over by these two “denomnitive” powers and their interpretation stood as law before the people. Jesus came to set free those who were being oppressed by harsh interpretations and were considered by their teachers as “sinners”.
Proclaim Liberty to the Captives
Much like our section before, these captives that Jesus was talking about, were those held captive by religious oppression. Jesus came to set them free by way of faith in Him and His cross. Still today, Jesus sets free those of us who are being held captive by our Accuser, making us a pleasing sight before God the Father by faith.
Open the Prison to those who are Bound
Jesus proclaimed the good news to the poor and proclaimed liberty to the captives with His life in one single gospel message but He bound up the brokenhearted and set free the prisoners with one single action, His death. So how can we apply these observations to our life?
The simple application is to believe the gospel message. To believe that Jesus Christ lived, died, and was resurrected just for you to be set free. I was, as a Gentile, set for my doom because I can tell by the things in nature that are made, that there is a God. I was once under arrest by my conscience, being held captive by the commands written on my heart. Now that I am known of God, He forgives me of my wrongdoing through Jesus Christ and faith sets me free. You too can have this. Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we thank you O God that you sent Jesus Christ to us on earth for our release from captivity. Faith and only faith has made us free. Lord, at once we were heathen people, seperated from your love because we are inherently evil. Now through the Lord Christ, we have been bought back out of slavery that had us bound. For this we give you much thanks and we will continually bless your holy name. Lord we pray for the lost that they might be found by you or you by them. Our heart is full of love for those in our families who haven’t yet given their life to you. We ask that they experience a life changing event that is just enough to get them right with you. Lord we pray these things in Jesus name, Amen!