Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed.
In this passage of Scripture we are reminded of the role Jesus plays in our lives as Rescuer and Redeemer. It is a great comfort to me to hear this mission statement spoken by Jesus. The purposes He had determined He would accomplish. His ultimate motivation for enduring the cross. I am sure you are comforted too as you think about the great love that Jesus has showered on you in your own life.
We all have been poor, brokenhearted, captive and blind in a variety of different ways in our experiences. So we relate easily to the caring and comforting nature of our Savior and so it should be that we feel and receive that warm embrace of His presence as we walk this journey with Him.
However, this Scripture is not only intended to speak to us, but also about us. As the modern day dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, isn’t this also our mission statement as followers of Christ? It was not the Father’s intention to only bring this mission to us in the physical presence of Jesus over 2000 years ago. As if it were a task only He himself alone could fulfill. True, only Jesus could fulfill the role of Messiah, but we can partner with Him to fulfill the mission of the Messiah. Each of us can fulfill the mission of loving others. By following the example and mission of Jesus. The poor, the brokenhearted, the blind and the crushed can be reached. We are now called and sent to introduce our Rescuer and Redeemer to others in need.
Let us not ever forget that all of Christianity is centered around the pursuit of care and ministry to others. It is not at all about the experience that you or I have. It is about reaching the broken, the captive, the wounded, the afflicted. It is about bringing them to the feet of Jesus so that He can radically change their experience. It is about bringing relief to a world that is in need of great relief. That answer is Jesus and Jesus alone.
Praise: Thank you Jesus for fulfilling the role of the Messiah so that I could experience and engage the mission of the Messiah.
Confess: Lord I need your help to take my eyes off my own needs and live out the mission you have assigned to me to reach others.
Request: Show me what I can do next to more effectively fulfill your mission of reaching the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind and the crushed around me.