Luke 4:18-19 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus was reading in the temple and they handed Him the scroll of Isaiah, the prophet. He turns to this passage and begins reading, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me…..” All eyes are on Him as He finishes the passage because they are anxious to hear His interpretation. Everyone has been amazed at His teaching because it is always full of wisdom and insight, and they expect no different here as they wait in eager anticipation. You could hear a pin drop as Jesus starts to speak by saying, “Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus told the people that at that very moment He was in the process of fulfilling prophecy. He was starting a movement, in a sense, because He was the first. Then it was His disciples and continues on all the way to and through us. Because of Christ and all He did we now also have the Spirit of the Lord on us.
All these things that Isaiah prophesied: preaching the Good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the God’s favor; these things are now our responsibility. It is now our mission, our goal, to speak out all that Jesus has spoken to us. We are His mouthpiece to the nations. Make it a point today to live God through your actions and words.