Opening His ministry

March 27, 2009 — 1 Comment

Luke 4:16-21

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind,

to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 These were some of the first proclamations that Jesus made when he started his three year ministry.
Isn’t it interesting that the first group he targets are the poor and those with disabilities. It is actions like these that make it hard for some of us to try and live our lives in a Christ like way. We, especially in the United States, have completely marginalized these two groups of people and here Jesus is telling us to put them “front and center”.

The words to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor have pretty much lost their meaning nowadays. But in Jesus’ day that meant Jubilee and that was a time for the rich to forgive the debts of the poor. Can we even imagine that happening in today’s world. Living as a disciple of Jesus Christ means more than just saying the words. We have to, as they say, “walk the walk”. If you are a complete novice at showing your compassion for the poor then seek out a local Christian homeless shelter or soup kitchen and do some volunteer work. It will change your life forever. And, given the circumstances today there are many opportunities about.

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One response to Opening His ministry

  1. 

    This passage has for years been very important to me. This is where Jesus tells us why he came, and interestingly, it’s a very different answer to the question, than the one Evangelicals usually give.

    Given that Jesus assigned us to carry on his ministry, I believe this passage should be as important to us as the Great Commission. It’s part of our marching orders. How would the world be different if we as the Body of Christ took this “to do list” seriously?

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