Jesus - Hope for the Captive

Luke 4:16-21

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. ” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

Captivity is an interesting word to think about while living in 2016 in the United States of America. We know that captivity was a very literal term that marked our country many years ago, and was something that nearly split our nation in two. Now, we celebrate the many freedom and liberty that we receive by simply being a U.S. citizen. However, I wonder if there are people all around us, maybe even ourselves from time to time, who still feel a sense of captivity. Maybe we get overwhelmed by life in general. Maybe we feel like we're drowning in the waves of depression, anxiety, and guilt. These emotions can very much make us feel like we are being held captive.

If we look closer at this passage from Luke, we find that Jesus was reading from a prophetic scroll, which was meant to be a message to all of humanity. This message was a proclamation to the world that all who experience a sense of captivity spiritually and emotionally we find freedom in the person of Jesus Christ. So, the next time we feel overwhelmed, like we are being held captive, our response is to find rest in our relationship with Jesus. It is not up to us to set ourselves free because Jesus has already paid that price. Jesus is our hope for freedom.

By: Pastor Kaleb