“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
“He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.”
We may remain financially poor in this life.
Contrary to the popular message propagated by some megachurch pastors today, Christ did not come to make us financially rich.
Jesus came to make our souls rich by making us fellow heirs with Him. What are we inheriting? Eternal life, and an identity as children of God.
…and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. – Romans
“He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,”
Release…to those bound by sin.
Which we all are.
Jesus paid our debt, and we no longer have to be in prison. The prison of sin and death.
We can choose to be free – by accepting His gift of salvation.
He took the punishment for our sin – our deceit, theft, adultery, lust, pride, envy, hatred. The punishment that we deserve, and will receive unless we accept Him as the Savior in our place.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – Jesus
“And recovery of sight to the blind,”
Jesus has come to restore our spiritual vision and to give us wisdom.
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians
“For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” – Jesus
“To set free those who are oppressed,”
We are weighed down by fear, envy, greed, immorality, deceitfulness, shame, legalism, and license.
Jesus came to fulfill the Law (which was, in many ways, a source of oppression), and to establish the Law of Love.
These things which formerly crushed us are being defeated daily inside us by the Spirit of Christ. We are being made new.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians
Christ’s work on the cross did not make these sins OK to commit, but Christ’s work makes us OK in the eyes of God (because the sin we have committed, are committing, and will commit has already been paid for).
He knows we will still stumble and sin.
He knows our weakness.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. – Hebrews
But if His Spirit is living in us, we will continue to change and be remade. We will be transformed. Gradually. Over time. It’s definitely a process.
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. – Paul, Romans
You are not alone in the struggle. ❤
Hope your Christmas season is one of rest, reflection, and relaxation.
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