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Summary: 5 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-V—Luke 4:16-21

Attention:

Our recent trip to Boone, NC to visit our sons. Changing color & falling. From I-77 toward Wilkesboro on US 421 the changing color of the leaves was gorgeous! Farther up in Boone, most of the color was gone. The leaves had already hit the ground. A sure sign that winter in here.

A revelation of sorts regarding the tree’s ‘mission.’(their protection/survival during winter). One that is repeated yearly. One that cannot be ignored.

Likewise, Jesus’ mission was openly publicized. His mission for the protection/thriving of mankind.

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. CAPTIVES(:18e)

6. BLIND(:18f)

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

OPPRESSED(:18g)

Explanation:To Send out with Marching orders

: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;” ”

5)Jesus’ mission was also to personally set free those who were “oppressed”/downtrodden or persecuted.”

This phrase is only present in the LXX. As “recovery of sight” is NOT present in either BHS or BHM, neither is the concept of “setting free the oppressed.” However it may be drawn from Isa. 58:6.

This kind of ‘liberty’ is that to which one is released as one anointed for a particular purpose.

To ‘crush’ your God-ordained purpose entails true oppression.

*Jesus came not just to free you from your ‘oppressors’ but to establish your personal mission & to send you out with the empowerment to accomplish it!

A true Christian can live in a country patterned by & under the control of Islam, yet NOT be “oppressed.” You can be physically manipulated yet be “at liberty” to accomplish your God-ordained marching orders.

“Set at liberty/Set free/Release”(Compare “Liberty”—afesiv; See “Anointed” above)—apostellw—1) To order (one) to go to a place appointed; 2) To send away, dismiss. Apostellw is the general term & may even imply accompaniment (as when sent from God). Strong—Set apart, i.e. by implication--To send out(properly--On a mission) literally or figuratively.

“Oppressed/Bruised/Downtrodden/Persecuted”—yrauw—1) To break, break in pieces, shatter, smite through. "Rend asunder", makes pointed reference to the separation of the parts. Strong—a primary verb; To crush. Used 1X.

Argumentation:

*Rom. 1:18, 28-32—“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness & unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,”.....“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

Therefore it is imperative that our behaviors are derived from Christ & not from our flesh....

Rom. 6:10-14—“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, & your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

1Thes. 2:10-18—“You are witnesses, & God also, how devoutly & justly & blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, & comforted, & charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom & glory. For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus & their own prophets, & have persecuted us; & they do not please God & are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost. But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you--even I, Paul, time & again--but Satan hindered us.”

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