I was looking for an encouraging verse when the Lord reminded me of what I call “His mission.” “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). This verse is so powerful it gives me the chills. This is Jesus talking about His mission and His purpose. Jesus is alive and well and His mission is still relevant today. If you don’t know what to do anymore because you feel like you are at the end of your rope, focus on His mission.
Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world and to bring punishment and pain to those who don’t follow Him. He came to bring good news. The good news is that there is eternal life and this amazing life can be found in Him. He is the bearer of good news. He doesn’t come with fury and doom. He is knocking at the door of your heart and He is asking you to embrace His good news. He wants you to give Him a chance. Give Him another chance. Let Him in. Invite Him in. If you know the Lord, He is asking you to give in even more. He wants you to let the good news shine its light over every part of your life. The good news starts with salvation but it doesn’t end there. If you are looking to hear from God and see what He has to say about your situation, look no further. No matter what it is, He is saying “Good news. I’ve got this. Your situation made you “poor” but I am here to bless you and to restore you.”
Jesus is highly anointed. He is the Anointed One. No one is more anointed than He is. The anointing can be described as power. We see here that it is power to set the captives free. Power to heal. Power that gives freedom. Power to live in joy and peace. Power to experience salvation and all it has to offer here and now. Jesus is with you. The Holy Spirit represents Him and He lives in you. Friend, you have the power of the Lord available to you. The Anointed One is on your side. He will prevail. You will prevail. There is nothing the enemy can do that the Lord won’t stop. He has the power to do so and He is more than willing to do it. That’s the good news!
The Lord’s mission is still going on today. He loves you more than you know and He wants you to accept His good news. Prick up your ears. Pay attention. Listen to His mission. He is here to set you free from any captivity. His power is more than enough. He can do all things. He has no limits and nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible to Him. Are you facing a tough situation right now? Are you in a ditch? Good news! Jesus is proclaiming the year of His favor. His favor is all over you. You can do this. You will make it. Hold on to the good news. Hold on tight. Something great and amazing is coming your way. You don’t have to live like a prisoner anymore. You are free. The Lord sets you free. Best news I’ve heard in a long time.
Suggested reading: Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 11:5; John 3:34