Liberty and Justice for All! 
(Luke 4:18,19 CEV) 
“The Lord’s Spirit has come
to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has
sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free
everyone who suffers, and to say, This is the year the Lord has chosen.”
4 opens immediately after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. He is led of the
Spirit into the wilderness, where He would be tempted of satan for 40
days. When this time of tempting was over, the devil departed and Jesus
returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. News about Him spread like
wildfire. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised
Him. Then He returned to His home town of Nazareth. On the Sabbath
day He went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He was asked to read the
scripture. As the custom was, there was a pin placed in the scroll
wherever the previous reading ended. Jesus was handed a scroll with the
writings of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the scroll and the pin was placed
on Isaiah 61:1. This would be no mistake. Jesus began reading our
text. When He finished reading, Jesus rolled up
the scroll, handed it back to the minister and sat down. Everyone there was
looking straight at Jesus and He said, “What you have just heard me
read has come true today.”
As you can see by today’s text, Jesus came to provide liberty and
justice for all!  For the next few messages we will investigate this text
and how it applies to our lives. When you celebrate the Freedom of your
country (In our case next month 15 August), please do not forget to celebrate
the Freedom that you have in Christ!
defines liberty as, “Freedom from restraint. The body is at liberty, when
not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A
man enjoys liberty, when no force operates to restrain his actions or
volitions.”  Webster defines justice as “The virtue which consists in
giving to every one what is his due.”
So what does this mean to you today? It means that Jesus
did not just happen to come across Isaiah 61:1 and read it that day in the
Synagogue. He was divinely ordained to read that scripture that day and to
follow it up with infallible proofs of the power of God. He came that we
might be free and justified in His eyes. If you are a Christian, then you
ought to walk in the Liberty and the Justice wherewith Christ has made you
Free! He came with the Gospel. He came with Power. He came
with Liberty and Justice for All!
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am Your child. I
am covered by Your blood and anointed by Your Spirit. I am free and
delivered from the power of sin and oppression. I have been delivered from
every curse and walk in the Liberty of Christ. I have been justified by
faith and walk in the newness of life. I am not bound, I am Free! In
Jesus’ name.


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