Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 14: Set the Captives Free
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 15th, 2013

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 

Luke 4:17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 
If you have ever been bound by anything in your life and have met Jesus, you know that He has fulfilled this scripture not only in the life and times of His early ministry, but He has also fulfilled it in your life. I can attest to this personally. Jesus did come to set the captives free.
Because of His many spot-on prophesies of the Messiah and other things, some refer to Isaiah as the “eagle eye” prophet. We are looking yet again at the Book of Isaiah and reading what His “eagle eye” has seen. The prophet proclaims that He would have the Spirit of the Lord upon Him. But, it goes on to say some other even more specific things.

First, He was to bring good news to the poor. Jesus did not go to the heights of government to establish His ministry. He did it among the commoners. He allowed the crowds to swarm him and never shrank away from their needs. In addition, He has done more rebuke with the higher levels of society than he has much with the poor. Jesus chose fishermen, tax collectors and zealots. He did not choose people who were connected to power, but regular people.

He “was sent to bind up the brokenhearted.” This speaks to His ministry to the individual. He cares about every hair on our heads. There is nothing that is broken in our hearts that cannot be put back together by Jesus. He is the potter and we are but clay in His sands. He is able not only to reshape us, but to reassemble us. He is able to make us whole.

There are many who walk around imprisoned. Many times we are bound by the issues of our past. The abuse. The mistakes. The criticism. All of these are able to ensnare us. But, the scripture says he would “proclaim liberty to the captives.” This applies to us as well.

In Luke 4:17 – 21 above, Jesus reads this very passage of scripture. When He was finished, He closed the book and sat down. He then got a reaction when said “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Jesus Himself proclaimed that He was in fact the fulfillment of this scripture.

Posted in Bible 2013, Messianic Prophecies    Tagged with holy spirit, brockenhearted


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