Summary: This is the time of year as we celebrate the Christmas season, and the birth of our Savior, we mustn’t loose sight of the reason for His coming. He came to restore mankind to the Father. He came to destroy the works of the devil. He came to give life,
This is the time of year as we celebrate the Christmas season, and the birth of our Savior, we mustn’t loose sight of the reason for His coming. He came to restore mankind to the Father. He came to destroy the works of the devil. He came to give life, and give it more abundantly. He came to give us eternal life. He came to forgive us our debts. 1Jn:3:8, Jn:10:10.
With this in mind lets look at what Jesus said about Himself, as He read from the Prophet Isaiah.
Luke 4:16-19: “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
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 preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’’
Rom:10:17: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Jesus was sent to preach deliverance and recovery, this is the method God uses to produce faith in the hearts of people. We also know that without faith it is impossible to please God. We have to hear the Word of God in order to believe. We also have to act on what we believe in order to receive the blessing. Blessings from God are always a result of obedience to His Word. The acceptable year of the Lord that Jesus was talking about was called the year of Jubilee, which took place every 50 years. The Hebrews were well acquainted with Jubilee, unlike many Christians today who are unfamiliar with this. They understood the significance of it. The 25th chapter of Leviticus describes what Jubilee means. People were not allowed to plant on the year of Jubilee, God would give an increase from the year before, enough to sustain them for 3 years, also lands and property were to be restored. Restitution was made to all of the children of Israel. If any had been put into servitude or slavery because of debts, they were to be released, and their debts wiped out, and they would be set free to go back to their families. In vs. 55 God made the statement that the children of Israel are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt.
Jesus said in the gospel of Luke, “ And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’’ (Luke 4:21) Jesus was saying, Jubilee is no longer a year in time it is a person, and, I am He. The poor don’t have to be poor, the blind don’t have to be blind, this reality should be deeply burned into the conscious of every believer, we have been redeemed, Jesus purchased our redemption, we have to acknowledge that redemption, and act on it as if God’s Word is true, because it most certainly is. Jesus was anointed to do these things, he spoke the Word, the anointing was on the Word, He proclaimed the Word and the anointing was on the Word, Jesus proclaimed that Jubilee was fulfilled today. Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. ’’Jesus said the scripture was fulfilled , we have his Word to act on, The year of jubilee has been proclaimed. We are no longer beggars, we are redeemed children of God, lets start acting like it. His anointing will be there to carry out what the Word of God says. The Word of God tells us that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, The power for deliverance from every situation of life in which we might find our self.
2 Peter 1:4: “by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
This is good news, these are real promises, based on God’s Word, we can be partakers of these promises because we are Abraham’s seed.
Galatians 3:29: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Gal.3:16: “ Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds,’’ as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed,’’ who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.”