Words of Freedom!
Text: Luke 4:14-22
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and 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
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
WHY WAS EVERYONE SO INTERESTED?
First - They had heard of his teaching in Galilee and were hungry for the same here in his hometown…
Second - They know him!
Five things he has been anointed to do:
1- Proclaim good news to the poor
2- Freedom for the prisoners
3- Recovering sight to the blind
4- Set the oppressed free -
5- “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” or the Year of Jubilee
Many scholars refer to this text as Jesus’ ministry / mission statement - or for us today, perhaps better is his “Declaration of Independence” for humanity from the sinful ways of the world.
So, that leads us to four obvious questions:
1- How did we enter into the freedom that Christ offers?
2- How do we know HIS freedom is real?
3- How do we grow in his Freedom?
4- The most important question may be “How do we invoke - call upon - place ourselves to the deepest realms of His freedom?”
The answer is simply look to Jesus and copy what He did.
Mark 13:11 is one of my favorite scriptures.
Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
So, what is your favorite scripture?