Liberty in Christ

The crossIn the book of Luke Jesus went to the synagogue on a Sabbath day where He was handed the book of Isaiah to read. Jesus read,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s  favor.”

 Jesus was reading from Isaiah 61:1-2 but this was not a direct quote of the actual text. It would seem that the Chief Editor did a bit of editing. Was He being mysterious? Perhaps to those who the truth is veiled to, but my belief is that Jesus was revealing to those whom He called, the Truth behind the Freedom we have in Him.

Isaiah 61 reads, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” In place of the brokenhearted Jesus said, “recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”

Let’s stay here a moment. Did you know that you could be exiled and imprisoned yet be fulfilled and free. This was the case with the apostle John on the island of Patmos, he was held captive on this island yet he was free to visit the spiritual realm where he saw and heard divine things that no man has ever seen or heard before. Physically bound but Spiritually free. Then there are those who are living in their dream homes, raising the family they always hoped for, pursuing the job they always wanted. They seem to have it all but on the inside they are mentally, emotionally and spiritually bound. Physically free yet living in an internal prison.

The Key to Living Free

When you look at these verses side by side you’ll see that the key to Jesus’ plan to help the brokenhearted, free the captive and release the prisoner from darkness was to restore sight to the blind.

Immediately after Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit their vision changed. In Genesis 2:25 it says that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed in the next chapter, they’re eyes were opened. They realized that they were naked and then attempted to cover themselves. They went from being naked and unashamed to naked, afraid and hiding from God. Keep in mind that God told them that if they ate of this fruit they would surely die. God associates them seeing their lack, seeing themselves through their own eyes and not through His, with death.

My question to you is this, what does Jesus want us to see?

The word of God tells us that if we believe in our hearts and confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, then we are no longer prisoners, captives, or broken we are raised with Christ. As Christ is so are we, seated at the right hand of God. On the cross Jesus shifted our view from us to Him, I believe that is the sight Jesus came to restore. No longer seeing our former selves, past or hurt but as a new creation in Christ.

A New Point of View

Jesus is the way

Scripture says when we behold Christ and all of His glory, like in a mirror; we are transformed into that same image we see from glory to glory. In other words when we see ourselves as God does, The Righteousness of God in Christ and when we see ourselves as in Christ and focusing on His finished work at the Cross, His Resurrection, His efforts and not our faults, we are transformed into the same image of Christ. Spotless, without blemish, righteous, worthy and deeply loved. Jesus wants you to see Him working on the inside of you. He doesn’t want you to look at yourself and all that life demands from you.

Jesus wants you to look to Him and see Him as the supplier of all your needs. See Christ as the one completing the great work He started in you.

As we celebrate the victorious death and resurrection of our Lord this Easter I want to encourage your spring-cleaning. See the Father’s love for you, a love made perfect in the death and resurrection of His Son. You are no longer bound but set free. See your freedom at the cross. See your past, pain, faults, setbacks and lack nailed to the Cross and see yourself as God sees you, a new creation, without flaw or fault in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Have a Blessed Easter!

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