Summary: 2 of 6. Luke recorded the public assignment of Messiah’s mission to Jesus. Jesus’ mission is publicized/revealed. But for whom is it publicized/revealed? Jesus’ mission is revealed for the...
REVEALING JESUS’ MISSION-II—Luke 4:16-21
This morning, there were expectation in our home.
Getting ready for church. Usually wear a suit, so I dress differently on the Lord’s Day.
Even my dog knows that Sunday day is different. She knows that we will never take her ‘for a ride’ on Sunday,(or at least when I’m wearing my suit.) She usually waits with anticipation when she hears the keys jingle...but not on Sunday!
I leave about the same time & go the same direction every Sunday Sometimes I pass the same people who are likewise ‘going to church.’
In this manner we are declaring our mission...to honor God in worship, acting on our belief.
We all are searching for truth. Some knowingly & others appearing oblivious, resigning themselves to believing, ’it’ll all come out in the wash.’
Truth must be available. Where do I go to find it? Will I know when I’ve found it?
Acts 26:26—Paul to Governor Festus, before King Agrippa—““For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.”
Luke recorded the public assignment of Messiah’s mission to Jesus.
Jesus’ mission is publicized/revealed.
*For whom is Jesus’ mission publicized/revealed?
Some considerations/dynamics/functions/observations in the public revelation of Jesus’ mission.
We discovered one of these the last time we were in the Gospel of Luke...
that Jesus’ mission is revealed for the...
2—Jesus’ mission is revealed for the...
Explanation: (:18a-b) Shepherdless/Need God’s direction
:18—“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;” ”
Jesus began reading before the congregation that “the Spirit of the LORD was upon Him.” Jesus thus applied the passage to Himself. This is located within the group of ‘Servant Songs’ in Isaiah, & are thereby to be applied to the coming Messiah.
The reason the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus was that His mission might be fulfilled(that the original intent will be accomplished). Messiah’s mission was to be multifaceted, per this very passage.
Jesus was “anointed” of God, by His Spirit who was “upon” Him. This means that Messiah—in speaking of Himself—would be, or rather the One presently before them, Jesus, was being directed by the Holy Spirit as an emissary of God.
Micah 3:8—“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice & might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin.”
Ezek. 37:1-14—“The hand of the LORD came upon me & brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, & set me down in the midst of the valley; & it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, & behold, there were very many in the open valley; & indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, & say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, & you shall live. “I will put sinews on you & bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin & put breath in you; & you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”’” So I prophesied as I was commanded; & as I prophesied, there was a noise, & suddenly a rattling; & the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews & the flesh came upon them, & the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, & say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, & breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, & breath came into them, & they lived, & stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, & we ourselves are cut off!’ “Therefore prophesy & say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves & cause you to come up from your graves, & bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, & brought you up from your graves. “I will put My Spirit in you, & you shall live, & I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it & performed it,” says the LORD.’””