"'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor'" (Luke 4:18-19, NIV).
Throughout the Gospels, we see how much Jesus cared for hurting people. Just look at how He preached. He always started with a hurt—poverty, blindness, brokenness or imprisonment. Why? Because He came to share the Good News with people who needed hope.
When hurting people approached Jesus, He did not blow them off. He never told them they should only be concerned about correct doctrine. He met their needs with compassion.
Notice the last line of today's Scripture: "proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." This refers to the "Year of Jubilee," which God established when He created the nation of Israel. It was a year when every debt would be canceled, every prisoner would be released, every slave would be set free and all land that had been sold to pay off debt in the previous 50 years would revert back to its original owner.
So, as Jesus read Isaiah's words in the synagogue of His hometown, He was boldly proclaiming: "I am the day of Jubilee when everyone's sins and debts are wiped out."
There are still broken people in the world today. And Jesus wants you to serve them, following His example—preaching the Good News of freedom in Christ.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, one of America's largest and most influential churches. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. Pastor Rick started The PEACE Plan to show the local church how God works through ordinary people to address the five global giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, disease, and illiteracy. You can listen to Daily Hope, Pastor Rick's daily 25-minute audio teaching, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at PastorRick.com. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global online community created to encourage pastors.
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