Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
The ministry focus and purpose of Jesus was pretty clear-cut.
He declared, in no uncertain terms, in Luke 4 by quoting the Prophet Isaiah.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me 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,
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
He boldly applied this Old Testament passage to HIMSELF.
In this passage we see that Jesus was empowered to proclaim:
1. Good News.
The Gospel IS Good News! Let’s remember that. Right now on our planet there is so much negativity and discouragement. Let’s be Jesus-followers that proclaim the good news. What does that sound like? It sounds like “God loves you, He is for you, and He will always be with you!”
“He who the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36). Only Jesus can truly set people free. Let’s be Jesus-followers that live in that freedom, and extend it wholeheartedly to those around us that are in bondage to sin and shame.
The well-known hymn “Amazing Grace” says it so well: “I once was blind but now I see.” What are you and I blind to? What do we not yet see clearly? Jesus came to give sight to the blind – not just physically – but also spiritually.
Jesus quoted this portion of the scriptural verse is slightly different than the original passage in Isaiah. Originally it spoke of the “year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God….” But in the New Testament, the “vengeance” part is not mentioned. Why? Because, Jesus took the vengeance of God upon HIMSELF on the cross of Calvary. He absorbed that blow. Praise the Lord!
Let’s be people of good news, freedom, restoration, and favor!
Grace & Peace,