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The Manifesto of Jesus
Bible Passage Luke 4: 14-21
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books ISAIAH, Leviticus, Luke, Mark, Matthew.

The Manifesto of Jesus

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 3, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee by the power of the Spirit. Meanwhile, the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country.

15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was continuously receiving praise from everyone.

16 Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been raised. As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. When he stood up to read,

17 the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set oppressed people free,

19 and to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. While the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him,

21 he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled, as you’ve heard it read aloud.”

BACKGROUND
Jesus was tempted by Satan just after His 40 days of fasting. Somewhere about this time, John the Baptist was imprisoned. (See notes on Matt 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9 ) Jesus meanwhile continued north into Galilee, where he received an enthusiastic welcome from the people.

In Galilee, Jesus visited his hometown of Nazareth. Being a genuine God-fearing Israelite, he went on the Sabbath to join with other Jews in worshipping God in the synagogue.

It was the custom of the people to stand and read and sit to preach. Jesus also kept this custom. He stood and read Isaiah 61:1-2, then sat down and explained how the passage applied to Him.

Jesus was the Messiah who brought God’s salvation to a world oppressed by sin (Luke 4:16-21).

Luke 4:18 is commonly referred to as the manifesto of Jesus. The poor are those who have very little. The Messiah will give freedom to people as he forgives them. The blind will be able to see again. People can also be blind to spiritual truth. The Messiah will help these people to understand His words.

The arrival of the Messiah comes with good great news. He celebrates the poor, the blind, and the oppressed. Jesus is the source of our freedom and hope.

The year of the Lord’s favor is the time when God is willing to accept people, and to receive sinners. The gospel assures us that the guilty “may” return and that God will graciously receive them. There is, perhaps, here, an allusion to the year of jubilee – the fiftieth year, when the trumpet was blown, and through the whole land proclamation was made of the liberty of Hebrew slaves, of the remission of debts, and of the restoration of possessions to their original families, Lev 25:8-13.

The phrase “the acceptable year” means the time when it would be acceptable to God to proclaim such a message.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Christ brings hope to the poor and the oppressed

🔷 The power of the Spirit of God should lead us in our walk to places He wants

🔷 We must also not neglect our meeting places but be present in the house of God always

 

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for the poor, the blind and the oppressed
💥 Ask for the Spirit of God to lead you everywhere in everything

CONCLUSION📙
The study of the word of God and our fellowship with other believers must make us friends of the marginalized in society.
AMEN

 

SELF ASSESSMENT

1. What is Jesus’ manifesto?

2. Which scroll did Jesus read in the synagogue?

3. What’s the accepted Christian attitude towards the poor?

4. What is the year of the Lord’s favor?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

In series Bright Morning Reflections