“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Luke 4:18-19).
From the appearance of some people, we judge them to be happy. Smiles, makeup and stylish clothes can create an impression of inner peace. Internally, though, many are in bondage.
In today’s passage, Jesus clarifies His purpose: He has come to set free those in captivity. Christ was referring to two types of bonds that can imprison our soul.
First, Jesus breaks the chains of sin. All people have broken God’s law, and the consequence is to live apart from Him (Rom. 3:23). But Christ’s death and resurrection free us when we accept His gift of forgiveness and place our trust in Him. Then we can have a relationship with the Lord.
Second, God liberates us from persistent sins like jealousy, bitterness and gluttony. His Spirit resides within each believer and provides the power to overcome wrong choices that seem to own us. He enables us to do what He desires — by bringing immediate healing or by giving guidance and strength in the ongoing battle.
The Creator of humankind made us with a void in our heart for Jesus to fill. Everything we put there — whether it seems like a good thing at the time or a bad choice — will ultimately leave us wanting. And we’ll remain in bondage until God frees us and then provides the only true satisfaction.
Are you one of those people who appear happy and seem to have life figured out, and yet inside feel uneasy and empty? Jesus Christ is the only one who can redeem you, forgive your sins, and fill the vacant place in your soul. Allow Him to liberate you today.