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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...

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REVEALING JESUS’ MISSION-IV—Luke 4:16-21

Attention:

Vacuum Manure

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!

Need:

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.

1. FAITHFUL(:16-17)

2. POWERLESS(:18a-b) Shepherdless/Need God’s direction

3. POOR(:18c)

4. BROKENHEARTED(:18d)

5—Jesus’ mission is revealed for the...

CAPTIVES(:18e)

Explanation:

: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.

Argumentation:

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.”

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