Right at the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus read these words and made this proclamation.

“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.”
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”” Luke 4:18-21

And He did every word. When He preached, it was seldom to the self-righteous rich people, but to the poor, to those who had barely enough. These were the ones who gathered when He fed the 5000 and 4000. He also made the blind man see, which got Him into a host of trouble with the authorities because it was done on the Sabbath. Then He freed those who were bound by their sicknesses as well as those who were oppressed by evil spirits. And in so doing, through His works, He certainly healed many of their broken hearts.

But what does this ‘mission statement’ mean for us, now? Does it still hold true? Does it still apply? Well, in a word, beloved, yes, it still applies. Let us look at the first time Luke 4:18 was mentioned to find out the context in which this mission statement was given.

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.” Isaiah 59:1-3

There was a time, a long time ago, when we were separated from God. Our sins made Him hide His face from us so that He will not hear. For indeed, even though our hands never murdered, our hearts murdered countless times over. For remember,

“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” Matthew 5:21-22 [MSG]

And our lips have lied. Be they white lies or black lies, or even something as innocent as saying that you are already in the bus or on the train when you are late for an appointment, when the truth is, you just got out of bed; a lie is a lie and our lips have spoken lies and our tongue, muttered perversity.

But through it all, did you notice that our Father’s hand is never shortened so it cannot save, His ear never heavy that it cannot hear? That’s right beloved, though He hid Himself from us because a righteous God cannot possibly have anything to do with sinful man; as a loving Father, He still hears our cry, He still sees our pain. It is a bit like this.

A Supreme Court judge had a son, who for some reason, decided to turn away from the straight and narrow. He got caught peddling drugs and was hauled into court for trial and sentencing. Now, if you were the boy’s father, what would you do? You are a just judge. You will not stand for corruption nor nepotism. You will not and your moral fiber does not allow you to give your son any quarter. Would you not rather, if you could, hide yourself from his case and let someone else try it? Would your heart be hardened toward your son?

So then, the obvious question is, since God knows that we were in trouble, why didn’t He help? Here’s why.

“No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.” Isaiah 59:4

“Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.” Isaiah 59:7

We didn’t want it. We rather trust in our own abilities, trust in our own powers of persuasion and dirges of false diplomacy to get us out of our troubles. We run to evil instead of running to Him and we let anger overtake us and consume us, instead of turning to His wonderful grace.

Now, have you tried helping someone who doesn’t want to be helped, who doesn’t realize that he needs help? You quite literally have to force your help on him, and even if you do that, does he listen? So right now, say you’re perfectly fine, not a care in the world, and God appears, saying that He wants to help you, because He sees a problem you don’t, would you accept? So it was for us.


“Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
That there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
And wondered that there was no intercessor;
Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.” Isaiah 59:15-16

Our Father had enough. He wanted to sort it all out once and for all, and that is why He had Isaiah record these words.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,” Isaiah 61:1-2

The very words that Jesus read and said that through Him, these words are now fulfilled. So what does it mean for us?

“Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.” Isaiah 60:4

Your families will be made whole, your relationships restored.

“Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.” Isaiah 60:5

Your house will be filled with literal abundance and your heart, with joy

“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
And their kings shall minister to you;
For in My wrath I struck you,
But in My favor I have had mercy on you.” Isaiah 60:10

You shall receive help from people you never knew, great men shall offer wisdom and counsel. For you have been placed under the favor of our Father.

“Also the sons of those who afflicted you
Shall come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet;
And they shall call you The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 60:14

If anyone has done wrong against, you, simply put, it’s payback time.

“Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
So that no one went through you,
I will make you an eternal excellence,
A joy of many generations.” Isaiah 60:15

If you have been abandoned, despised or hated, our Father will lift you up, restore to you your reputation, so that generations will find joy in you.

“Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
Instead of iron I will bring silver,
Instead of wood, bronze,
And instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
And your magistrates righteousness.” Isaiah 60:17

If you have been feeling disenchanted, ill at ease because you have been settling for second best all your life, our Father will bring the gold and the silver, you shall have the best; but more than that, your heart shall finally find the peace that it so desperately seeks. For

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.” Isaiah 60:19

You never need to rely on anyone ever again. You never need to depend on anyone for anything ever again. For our Father, He is your portion, and in Him, you will glory.

So simply put, what did Jesus come to do? He came to right each and every wrong that has happened in your life. He came to set right every injustice that you see, put away every pain that you feel, even though it may be caused by your own actions. You see,

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” John 3:16 [AMPC]

Just like it was for the people of Isaiah’s time, our Father does not want to see you in your rut. So when you put your trust in Jesus, you let Him take control and set right the wrongs in your life. Though it is not an instantaneous change, though the process can sometimes be very long, yet, in incremental steps, in every area of your life, Jesus is working. And in the end, you will get there, because you have trusted in Him, clung to Him and relied on Him.

And if you have never known Jesus but have felt Him speak to you today; and you would like to turn your life over to Him and let Him take control, then say this to Him right now.

“Jesus, thank You. Thank You for coming to set my life right. Thank You for suffering so that by Your blood shed, I may receive full remission of sins and be eternally right with our Father. Thank You for dying so that by Your death I may also die to sin and be free of its bondage. Thank You that by rising, You have brought me into an eternal life with You. I know that this marks the start of You turning my life around. Though the world may try and tell me otherwise, I place my trust in You, knowing that because You have already made the ultimate sacrifice for me, because You have set right the most important aspect of my existence, there is nothing for my good that You will ever withhold from me. So I now live each and every day seeking Your leading and guidance. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, indeed, Jesus came to set right everything that is wrong in your life. And for the areas that are right, He came to enhance. Because you have put your trust in Him, you can have a positive expectation of good for the future and know that He’s got you covered.

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