The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
This, of course, is part of the first recorded sermon of Jesus preached in the Synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. Shortly thereafter, his hometown “friends” took Him to the Brow of the Hill and attempted to kill Him for the very first time; that’s not really our story here, though. What see see above is Jesus preaching from Isaiah Chapter 61 concerning the impending captivity in Babylon of Israel. The prophet was telling the nation of their impending judgment, and most importantly, their also upcoming restoration and freedom.
When Jesus had finished reading the words of the prophet Isaiah, He said something truly amazing, “And he began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” Luke 4:21.
Wait, you say, what does being taken to Babylonian captivity have to do with Jesus then and us today? We have to assume it has everything to do with it, since Jesus both preached it and stated He was the fulfillment of it, so the only question is what He meant.
This passage has particular significance to me, as it was preached during the sermon the day I came to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the things racing through my mind, I heard words like “brokenhearted,” and “bruised,” and “deliverance.”
Judgment, of course, is part of any message concerning the Gospel. We are judged by the Law and are accountable to it. Judgement, however, is not the desired outcome. God is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. The desired outcome is that we all be set free from captivity and restored to fellowship and communion with God.
We can be set free from our captivity. If we are still held in the bondage of the penalty and judgment for our sin, God will set us free today, for “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21. Today, as this is read, anyone reading can be release and freed.
Being released from the eternal penalty of our sin does not always result in complete freedom from its presence and effect of our life; that process can take some time. Are you still trapped by the things of the past? Are you still tied down by guilt and doubt that you are free forever through the payment of Jesus Christ? Jesus has come to set us free from that as well. Don’t let the bondage of continuing sin and past guilt hold you back in your new life with Jesus.
Will you be set free today?