Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Freedom in Christ = Joy in Life!

This fall I plan to preach through the book of Luke, and in preparation for the series I've been meditating on Luke 4:16-21 because here Jesus declared his life's mission, namely, to proclaim good news, liberty, healing, and the favor of God to those who have ears to hear and hearts to receive. 

Jesus' life was, then, 100% focused on this mission, and he accomplished everything he set out to accomplish. He was perfectly obedient to God the Father all the days of his life, and now "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord [Jesus] will be saved" (Romans 10:13). Through simple faith in Christ we can be free - truly, deeply, eternally free. And in being free, we can be happy. We will not always be without trouble or difficulty or sorrow or suffering, but by faith in Christ we can have unshakable joy in Christ. 

Indeed, freedom in Christ = joy in life! 

So, here's the text of Luke 4:16-21. Please savor these precious words and cling to Christ: “And he [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, ‘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, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.’ 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. And he began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” 

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