Summary: 4 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-IV—Luke 4:16-21
A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.
"Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners."
"I’m sorry, I really can’t afford your vacuum young man" said the old lady." & she proceeded to close the door.
Before she could get the door closed, the young man wedged his foot in the door & pushed it wide open. "Don’t be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration."
And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.
"If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."
"Well," she said, "I hope you’ve got a good appetite, because the electricity was cut off this morning."
The lady was Declaring her Mission...that she could not buy the vacuum!
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?
*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
5—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;” ”
Of Who &/or What can we be captives?
Physically— Relationships (Marriage, Dating, Friendships)
Spiritually—Philosophy, Morality, Religion, Works(deeds)
“Proclaim”2X—khrussw—1) To be a herald, to officiate as a herald—1a) To proclaim after the manner of a herald, 1b) Always with the suggestion of formality, gravity & an authority which must be listened to & obeyed; 2) To publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done; 3) Used of the public proclamation of the gospel & matters pertaining to it, made by John the Baptist, by Jesus, by the apostles & other Christian teachers. Strong—of uncertain affinity; To herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel).
“Liberty/Release/Freedom”—afesiv (Compare “Set free”—apostellw; See “Anointed”)—1) Release from bondage or imprisonment; 2) Forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty. Strong—Freedom; figuratively--Pardon.
“Captives/Prisoners”—aicmalwtov—1) A captive. Strong—from aicmh(a spear) & a derivative of the same as 259; properly--A prisoner of war, i.e. (genitive case)A captive. Used 1X in NT though common elsewhere.
2Cor. 3:17—“Now the Lord is the Spirit; & where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Heb. 2:14-15—“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh & blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, & release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Jn. 8:21-24—“Then Jesus said to them[Pharisees] again, “I am going away, & you will seek Me, & will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?” And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.””
Jn. 8:31-36—“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, & the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, & have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”