This is the very beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry and we find him in his hometown synagogue on the Sabbath. He takes up the scroll and begins reading the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,”
His entire mission:
- Proclaim the good news to the poor
- Proclaim liberty to the captives
- Restore sight to the blind
- To bring liberty to the oppressed
Notice that 1& 2 are both an act of proclaiming hope. 3 is His granting of spiritual sight in response to faith and 4 is the result
of 3… liberty. Freedom from the entrapment & consequences of sin.
So simple, So profound, So Perfect.
Then in verse 22 with all eyes on him (they knew something was different about this man) he says,
“Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
If they understood Him at all they’d seen this as the most heretical & radical statement they’d ever heard in Church.
Yet… He used the prophets words to say… This is what the Messiah is here to do, & I am the Messiah.
Savior, Redeemer, Sight restorer, Liberty giver.
If I’m called to be his disciple then this mission is my mission. 4
tasks, the measure of a mission. His & now ours.
Bonus Question: Why does he say restorer of sight? Not giver of sight?
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