For the captives
By Derrick Johnson
When it comes to freedom, July 4this the most revered, since it’s the day we celebrate the publication of the Declaration of Independence. A document declaring our freedom from Britain approved by congress on July 4th, 1776.
Our freedom as a nation came at a great cost. Many men died so that we might be able to live in a free country. Now just as our physical freedom came at a price, there was also a great price for us to become spiritually free. Since the fall of Adam, we have been living in bondage to the devil, believing his lies, and becoming slaves to sin.
In Luke 4:18 Jesus is handed the book of the Prophet Isaiah, and he found the place where it was written,“The Spirit of God is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the broken hearted, 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.” NIV
In other words, God anointed and charged Jesus with six things needed for our freedom. Since six is the number of man, God knew exactly what man needed to be free. God knew man was in a fallen state but loved us enough to charge Jesus with setting us free.
Jesus also came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, also known as the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee was the year when all debts were forgiven, slaves were set free, and mortgaged property was returned to the original owner. This was a special year because it came only once every 49 years.
Today we don’t need to look to a year for our debts to be forgiven, we are able to look to a “Person.” We don’t have to be bound or yoked to anything because Jesus became our yoke bearer. Because of His sacrifice on the cross we have been completely set free in mind, body, and spirit, and we didn’t have to fight for it. God only expects us to believe for it.