“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor...” - Luke 4:18-19
Jesus returns from the wilderness after an encounter with the devil and overcoming his temptations. He returns to public life after fasting and praying for 40 days and is full of the power of God.
He stands in the synagogue in Nazareth and says that the Holy Spirit is upon Him and that He is anointed to do certain things. He is going to fulfill His divine mission.
Firstly, preach the gospel to the poor. The meaning of the gospel is the good news and that means that the poor need no longer be poor. If they adhere to His word, living in obedience to it, they can prosper.
Secondly, He is to heal the brokenhearted. There are many who are in this category. They are disillusioned, disappointed and brokenhearted by failure and tragedies that have come into their lives.
Thirdly, He is to proclaim liberty to the captives. Scores of people are held captive to fears, sickness, addictions, circumstances and more. Jesus is the great liberator.
Fourthly, the recovery of sight to the blind is not only physical, but spiritual. Eyes of faith will be opened when they accept God’s gift of salvation.
Fifthly, to bring liberty to those who are oppressed, especially those under demonic influence.
Lastly, to preach the “acceptable year of the Lord” which is a reference to the year of jubilee when all debts were redeemed and the slate was wiped clean. It speaks of emancipation and joy which come as a result of receiving the fullness of the gospel.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the wonderful gift and enabling of the Holy Spirit, helping me and equipping me to do the same works Jesus did.