Luke 4.18-21 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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
This quotation from Isa 61:1–2 alludes to the Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:8–55), when once every 50 years slaves were freed, debts were canceled and ancestral property was returned to the original family. Isaiah predicted primarily the liberation of Israel from the future Babylonian exile, but Jesus proclaimed to be the fulfillment of this passage as meaning that in Him, we find liberation from sin’s debt, sin’s stronghold and ultimately, sin’s presence. Thus, Jesus Christ is our Jubilee. Jesus came to set the captives free. There is no stronghold or corruption of sin that is stronger than the liberating power of Jesus Christ.
Human nature tends to resist or retreat from any expressions of religious fanaticism. That tendency to resist is a gift from God. However, we need to realize that Satan capitalizes on that tendency to resist, because oftentimes, we are resisting a legitimate truth of God that has been misrepresented or distorted by the extremists. Whenever we talk about “the historical” Jesus, people tend to say that what He did during His earthly ministry was unique and not to be expected today. I am not suggesting that the things we read about in the gospels happen every day of the week. But I am suggesting that Jesus Christ is the great I AM Who still heals broken hearts. Delivers people who are the captives of the consequences of sin and addictions. He still delivers sinners through the simple preaching of His gospel.
Beloved, learn to cultivate the presence of The Living Lord Jesus in your life. He is your strength, He is your deliverer, He is your great high priest, He is your healer and sin bearer. The gospel is not that when you come o Jesus, He will give you everything no anything that you want. The gospel is that when you come to Jesus as a broken, needy sinner, He I’ll be everything that you need. Jesus is our Jubilee!