”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Deep down we all know this world is broken. War, cruelty, famine, disease, murder, hatred, slavery, greed, and injustice continue to thrive all around us. Mankind is in desperate need of rescue.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is recorded faithfully attending the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. He picks up the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and chooses to read these familiar words – a prophecy that had been around for centuries of a Redeemer that was coming to the rescue. After Jesus reads them, He hands off the scroll, takes a seat and says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” It wasn’t taken well by the crowd – not too long after that they tried to throw Him off the nearest cliff.
The crowds weren’t expecting the Redeemer to come as a humble servant – they expected a mighty conqueror with an army ready to reclaim and rebuild what had been lost. And because His mission was not what they expected, so many of them missed it completely. God’s Word makes it clear – our hope comes only from Jesus, who calls us, His Church, to join Him in His mission. In the darkest places in our world today we are called to make a stand and carry His light of hope to the hurting.
Prayer: Jesus, You are the Redeemer, the Savior of the world. Fill me as Your vessel to bring Your message of hope and restoration to the lost and broken people I encounter today. Amen.