Jesus introduced his ministry by reading a particular passage from the book of Isaiah—a passage his listeners knew was referring to the Messiah, or the Savior of the world. The words had been written hundreds of years earlier and spoke of a new freedom that was coming in the future. When Jesus stood up to read, He was saying the future had arrived. Liberty would come through Him.
Luke 4:17-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “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; 19 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. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
1. Preach (good news to the poor)
2. Healing (of the brokenhearted)
3. Deliverance ( to the captives)
4. Healing (recovery of sight to the blind)
5. Deliverance (liberty to the oppressed)
6. Preach (proclaim acceptable year of the Lord)
Preaching is mentioned twice. Healing is mentioned twice. And Deliverance is mentioned twice.
It is impossible to understand the ministry of Jesus Christ without embracing the preaching of the gospel, the healing of the broken, and the deliverance of the captive.
Jesus is our Good News. Jesus is our healer. Jesus is our rescuer.
Psalm 91:1-4 (NKJV)
Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)
The Four Cups of Passover
Every year the Jews celebrate their deliverance by remembering this promise. This promise is the center of their Passover. They have structured the Passover around this promise.
The Second Cup: Deliverance–“I will deliver you from (Egyptian) slavery.”
God takes “Egypt out of them”—teaching them to think and live like free people instead of slaves ruled by a master. Jesus: Matthew 5:17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
The Third Cup: Redemption: “I will redeem you with My power.”
John 1:12-13 “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
The Fourth Cup: Adoption: “I will acquire you as My people and I will be your God.”
First, God gets us out of Egypt (spiritual bondage).
Second, God gets Egypt (the desire for the sins of the flesh) out of us. This is transformation of heart – change of values – we pursue a different kingdom. We must find freedom!
Understanding spiritual wilderness.
• And the presence of God
Remember the story of Israel’s Deliverance. God got them out of Egypt fairly quickly; but it took a whole generation to get Egypt out of them. Deliverance can happen in a moment; but Freedom takes some time.
Let me say it this way: The problem isn’t your sin – it is your desire for sin.
Freedom will require:
1. Healing. As long as your past has power over you, you remain a slave.
2. Change of focus. Does your mind focus on the past or the future?
3. Faith. God says you are able to possess your promise land.
Ultimately, the price of freedom is that you must have faith and take action. God will deliver you from Egypt, but He will not claim your promise. Freedom has changed you. Now you have a work to accomplish.