Luke 4:18-19

“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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19
When Jesus began his ministry, he quoted these verses from the book of Isaiah. He then followed his reading in the synagogue by saying “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” What a day that would have been to finally hear about the One God’s people had been waiting for! The One who would deliver them, heal them, and set them free. Yet, this proclamation wasn’t exactly met with warm greetings. Those in the synagogue attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff after hearing these words! Thankfully for you and I, Jesus didn’t come for the approval of man. Rather, he came to follow God’s will and set the captives free.
 
Many of the people in Jesus’ time were expecting a mighty king like David who would rule with a sword, defeat their enemies, and bring peace and prosperity to their people on earth. But God had another plan. Jesus wouldn’t rule with a sword, he would instead give up his life so that all of his children in bondage from sin would be set free. He came to give us sight because we were all once blinded to the knowledge of this good news.  
 
The Israelites were also blinded to this freedom because they had a different idea of what the year of the Lord’s favor was supposed to be. This year to them was known as Jubilee, which meant during this time debts were canceled and slaves were freed. So when people heard they were “only” forgiven of their sins, they felt let down. They wanted financial prosperity and missed the fact they were being offered eternal prosperity. The people were more concerned about their financial debt and earthly slavery than their eternal debt. They wages of sin is death, but they were blinded to this because they weren’t seeing past their own problems. They missed the fact that Jesus came to pay for our eternal debt.
 
Sometimes we also lose sight of God’s eternal promises because we are so fixated on our earthly situation. Not to make light of your current struggle or trial - they are challenging for sure, just don’t let those cause you to miss God’s promise of true freedom, deliverance, and eternal prosperity. God knows your situation, and he has something amazing coming for those who trust him. God’s got this.
 
Questions for reflection:
 
1.  What are some of the things that take your eyes off God’s promise of true freedom?
2.  Is there someone you can help this week see God’s gracious gift of freedom and salvation?
Jay Quick | Student Ministry Director

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