Sometimes we can live in a fog that keeps us from clearly seeing what is true both about ourselves and the world we live in. Then there are moments, though brief, when the fog lifts and we can perfectly see the truth about our situation. Those are usually defining moments when we see our true need and the reality of our lives. And those can be moments when change begins.
Jesus was never afraid to speak truth and open up that window in peoples lives. He still does that today for those who seek Him. Those moments can be startling, even shocking. In these verses from Luke chapter 4, Jesus opens a window that changes the paradigm of life for His hearers because the bottom-line message is that He is the Messiah, the way of hope, freedom and redemption.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord“. Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21 (NKJV)
Today Jesus’ message still holds true. He says to all who will hear:
Are you poor in spirit? I have good news for you, and it is found in Me.
Are you brokenhearted? I will heal you!
Has something in life taken you captive? There is liberty in Me.
Are you blind to your circumstances? Let me open your eyes.
Has oppression overwhelmed you? I will set you free.
Today this can be fulfilled in your life. Call upon Him, Jesus Christ, who can radically set you free!