In my last blog post I referred to this verse:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;
I would like to use this verse to highlight the mission of Jesus on the Earth and one that He still fulfills in our lives today. To do that I am going to use the KJV of this verse.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” KJV
Typically I won’t use this version because the language is hard to digest which can be an obstacle to receiving the message but in this case the NKJV makes it difficult to see the distinct aspects of Jesus’ mission.
Ok, let’s break it down. Before I begin it is important to notice that Jesus is appointed to do all these things, that the Spirit of the Lord or Holy Spirit (the third person the Trinity or the Godhead) is also on Him to help him accomplish all that Jesus has been given to do on this earth.
Jesus was brought here to take care of all our needs:
- To preach the gospel to the poor. This aspect speaks to our need for knowledge of God. This is the first thing mentioned because it the most important aspect of His work. Everyone needs to know the gospel which is the good news that there is a God, He is good, He loves us and has a plan for each one of us. This is an extremely over simplified version of the gospel and I highly recommend that you read the full length version supplied to us in the bible.
- To heal the broken hearted. This aspect speaks to our need for emotional healing. It never ceases to amaze me that the Creator of the Universe cares about my little, old heart. Jesus came to take care of any obstacles to us receiving all that He has for us and that includes emotional baggage. I don’t think people realise how much the emotional baggage we hold on to or tolerate in our lives holds us back from freedom.
- To preach deliverance to the captives. This aspect speaks to our need for salvation. Strong defines deliverance as freedom, pardon- deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, remission. Captives is defined as a prisoner of war, that is (generally) a captive. We are in a war with a very real enemy, Satan. Anyone who is not submitted to Christ can easily become a prisoner of war. What Jesus did on the cross brings the potential for us all to receive deliverance, forgiveness, liberty and remission.
- To recover sight to the blind. This aspect speaks to our need for physical healing. God even cares about our physical healing. We can get so caught up in what is happening to our bodies that we lose all perspective on life. It is totally understandable. There are many horrible things that can happen to the human body and God wants to deliver us from them all.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” NKJV Not only will this relieve us of our suffering but it gives God opportunity to reveal Himself to you and others on this earth so we can all see His heart and His amazing power.
- To set at liberty them that are bruised. This aspect speaks to our need for a God that is bigger than us and our problems. Liberty and deliverance have the same meaning; freedom, pardon- deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, remission. The definition for bruised is to crush. How many times in your life have you felt crushed under the weight of problems or stress or people in your life? God sent Jesus to take you out from under whatever is crushing you today, to free you from the things that are pressing on you.
I pray that this helped you think differently and draws you closer to the Word of God. I pray that you encounter your Creator today.