We have been Released from Prison!
(Luke 4:18,19 KJV)
” The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal
the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
This morning we continue to investigate this text by focusing on the words “to preach deliverance to the captives.” We have seen thus far in this series that Jesus came to liberate us from
everything that would keep us in bondage. The words we focus in on this
morning literally mean ‘a release from prison.’ The question then
becomes, “What prison?” There are many, but let’s take a look at three:
1. Sin: The sin problem was introduced into the world by the first Adam and we were all born in a fallen state and with a sinful nature because of it. A
preacher once said, “In all my years, I have never heard a baby say ‘yes’ first.” It is true that we do not have to teach children to lie. Even innocent
children are born with a sinful nature. Jesus was telling the people in
that synagogue that day that He came to deliver the world from sin –
once and for all. He conquered sin so that we could do the same. James
said it this way, (1:14-16) The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets
pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a
real killer. So, my very dear friends don’t get thrown off course.” Once you are free in Christ, do not allow yourself to be bound again in the
prison of sin.
2. Satan: The enemy only has one objective. Check out his mission statement: “The
thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy…” (Jn 10:10). The methods
that he used to get Eve in the garden are still the same methods that he uses today: (1) the lust of the flesh, (2) the lust of the eyes, and
(3) the pride of life (1 Jn 2:16). If we understand His mission and his
methods, we will be better equipped to avoid his prison.
3. The Law: The people in that synagogue were attempting to do what was right. They
were worshipping the Father on the Sabbath, but they missed the Messiah
altogether. They did not receive His message of deliverance and liberty
because they were blinded with their rituals. The Law was so stern that
no one could ever really fulfil it. People tried all their lives to live right, but still found themselves falling short in attempting to meet
every guideline, rule, regulation, etc. Jesus came that we might be free from the curse of the Law. The Law was so strict everyone would have to be condemned to hell by it, but Jesus came that we have a clear path to the Kingdom of God – a path that leads through Jesus and Jesus alone!
So what does this mean to you today? It means that Jesus came that we might be free from the prison of sin in
our lives. Once you repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your
Lord and Saviour, you do not have to allow yourself dwell in that prison any longer. It means that Jesus came that we might be free from the
power of satan. Once Christ rules us, then satan no longer rules nor
reigns in our lives. And finally, it means that Jesus came that we might be free from the curse of the Law and that we might be led of the Holy
Spirit. Born-Anew (Again) believer are not condemned to live a life
of ritual with relationship! And that is Good News! Enter into this
week in the Liberty and Freedom of Christ!
Confession for this day: Lord God. You have released me from the prison of sin, I do not entangle
myself with the pleasures of this world, and I walk in the liberty of
Christ. I have been released from the prison of satan and do no longer
serve him. I do not operate in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes, nor the pride of life. The power of satan has been broken over
me. I have been released from the curse of the law and enjoy the liberty of my relationship with Christ. I am free and I will never be the same!In Jesus’ name.
We have been Released from Prison!