Day 159 – Cry Freedom
On: April 8, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. Luke 11:45-46

Jesus adjusts His focus to how the religious leaders had failed in their calling. The people didn’t need rules, they needed help.

This is how Jesus, quoting Isaiah, saw His calling: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn … Isaiah 61:1-2

This should have been the focus of the religious leaders in their day, had they been exercising their calling; and should be our focus if we are following in Jesus’s footsteps today.

Those Jesus was challenging were using the privilege of being God’s chosen people to build and protect their own status. We need to ensure that we don’t fall into a similar trap – or we can expect to hear the words: “Woe to you …”; rather than: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21

Some practical litmus tests?

Have I learned to love my neighbour? Is my church’s primary focus on welcoming newcomers or satisfying it’s existing membership? Does my life proclaim freedom?

Forgive me Lord, where I don’t … where it doesn’t

Proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness

Prayer:

Father God, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free, no longer to be subject to a yolk of slavery. Make me a proclaimer of freedom not just by my words, but by my actions. Amen

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