Jesus' Bold Claim
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 (Luke 4:18).
One Sabbath when Jesus was in Nazareth, he went to the Synagogue to read the Scriptures. He was handed the scroll and opened it to a particular passage in Isaiah.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind.
When he finished reading, he sat down and issued this bold claim, “today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”.
Not everyone understood what Jesus was saying and, in fact, many were furious with his claim and drove him out of town intent to throw him off of a cliff. But Jesus simply walked through the crowd and went on his way.
Today, many people are desperate to find healing and freedom, but don’t know where to look for answers.
The answer is in this claim of Jesus. This is his work. He mends broken hearts, he sets captives free from guilt and shame, and he opens spiritual eyes to see his love and grace.
Is your heart broken today? Do you feel trapped in sin? Are you walking in darkness and see no way into the light?
If so, let this Scripture be fulfilled in your life today.
Turn to Jesus - he alone can mend your broken heart, set you free, and open your eyes to see his amazing love for you.