Jesus's Mission

After Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and nights, practicing the spiritual disciplines of fasting, prayer, solitude, and meditation (in preparation for public ministry & to set an example for us) he returns to Nazareth where he speaks in the synagogue (church). Jesus is rejected in Nazareth (this makes me wonder if He would be accepted in our modern-day Sunday morning gatherings) and He continues His public ministry after stating His mission in Luke 4:18. Again, I love the amplified translation (but the ESV is great too). His mission was and is to release the captives, give the blind sight, and deliver those who are oppressed! Christ is freedom and apart from Him there is no true and lasting liberty, deliverance, sight, rest, peace, and comfort. Where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, come to Him and He will give you rest.

So He came to Nazareth, [that Nazareth] where He had been brought up, and He entered the synagogue, as was His custom on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read. And there was handed to Him [the roll of] the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened (unrolled) the book and found the place where it was written, [Isa. 61:1, 2.] The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound]. [Isa. 61:1, 2.] Then He rolled up the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing [attentively] at Him. And He began to speak to them: Today this Scripture has been fulfilled while you are present and hearing. (Luke 4:16-22 AMP)

-Zach