Summary: 3 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-III—Luke 4:16-21
Business entrepreneur/Sits down with the civil authorities to get the proper permits. Asking the approval of the town’s council—involving the city council, magistrates, mayor, etc.
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.
*Why is Jesus’ mission publicized/revealed? or rather...
*For whom is Jesus’ mission publicized/revealed?
10 considerations/dynamics/functions/observations in the public revelation of Jesus’ mission.
2. POWERLESS(:18a-b) Shepherdless/Need God’s direction
4—Jesus’ mission is revealed for the...
: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;” ”
*“Healing the brokenhearted” is only in the TR but not in the MT, Though it is original to the presently known Hebrew texts(BHS, BHM) as well as the LXX.
If the MT is to be relied upon here, it seems that Jesus may have used two passages from Isa. 61:1-2 & 58:6. This is assumed seeing that the direct reference to “heal the brokenhearted” is missing from the [Majority]text. Otherwise there is a “text-critical problem” involved.—Darrell Bock
However, Mark does the same thing when he quotes from both Malachi & Isaiah(Mk. 1:2-3) claiming only Isaiah(MT only).
*2)Jesus’ mission would also bring “healing” to those who experience a “brokenheartedness” before God. This concept will be fleshed out later in all four Gospels & actually thruout the entirely of Scripture.
“Heal/Bind up”—iaomai—1) To cure, heal; 2) To make whole—2a) To free from errors & sins, to bring about (one’s) salvation. Strong—To cure (literally or figuratively).
“Brokenhearted”—suntribw + kardia— suntribw—1) Break, to break in pieces, shiver; 2) To tread down—2a) To put Satan under foot & (as a conqueror) trample on him, 2b) To break down, crush—2b1) To tear one’s body & shatter one’s strength. Strong—To crush completely, i.e. To shatter (literally or figuratively). Used 8X. kardia— Strong—The heart, i.e. figuratively--The thoughts or feelings(mind); also by analogy--The middle.
Perhaps this is the intent of Jesus’ statement regarding those who mourn in the Sermon on the Mount(Mat. 5:4), where it is promised that these mourners will indeed be “comforted.”
Mat. 5:4—“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
“Comforted”—parakalew—1) To call to one’s side, call for, summon; 2) To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.
“Brokenheartedness” may also be represented there(SermonOnTheMount) by those who hunger & thirst for righteousness. These receive Jesus’ promise to eventually be “filled.”
Mat. 5:6—“Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”
“Filled”—cortazw—1) To feed with herbs, grass, hay, to fill, satisfy with food, to fatten; 2) To fill or satisfy men; 3) To fulfill or satisfy the desire of any one.
*But in what way(s) does Jesus bring healing, wholeness, or a cure to those who are brokenhearted?
*We must first ask ‘why’ their hearts are broken in the first place.
True Forgiveness alleviates brokenheartedness. It gives us a taste of what it must be like to live completely without the tug of the flesh(in heaven).
When we think of brokenheartedness, we usually think of relationships. How someone has broken the heart of their girlfriend or boyfriend by not being upfront with them. Or our experience may be that of a spouse & family devastated by adultery.
But in order to grasp the hurt in this picture we must consider ourselves as the heartbreaker &/or adulterer & God as the recipient of our unfaithfulness due to sin.
This is what should break our hearts!
Indeed “brokenheartedness” before God is what characterizes those who truly love Him.
Ps. 34:18—“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
Ps. 51:16-17—“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken & a contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.”
“Broken”—rbv—1) To break, break in pieces—1b) (Niphal)—1b1) To be broken, be maimed, be crippled, be wrecked, 1b2) To be broken, be crushed (fig). Strong—a primitive root; To burst(literally or figuratively).