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Luke 4:16-21

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “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,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

💡Many of us judge people from appearance. For such people, how human beings look on the outside matters a lot, rather than how they are on the inside. We might judge some people as happy because of their smiles, makeup, and stylish clothes. This can create an impression of inner peace, while in the actual sense, internally, many of them are in real bondage.

💡Jesus is our real source of peace. He clarifies His purpose in coming to us: He came to set free those in captivity. He came to liberate us.

Eh, liberate? Captivity? Is humanity in bondage?
💡 Yes, humanity is in terrible bondage. For instance, only those in terrible bondage and in captivity in Satan’s camp could gruesomely lapidate and kill people because of religion. No amount of talk can liberate such spiritually bound human beings. The more we talk, the more aggressive they are. It is only Christ that can liberate.

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💡 Christ referred to two types of bonds that can put our souls into captivity.

👉 First, Jesus breaks the chains of sin. Everyone on earth has broken God’s law, and the consequence is to live apart from Him (Rom. 3:23). But Christ´s death and resurrection free mankind when they accept His gift of forgiveness and place their trust in Him. It is only after then can man has a relationship with the Lord.

👉 Second, God liberates us from persistent and reoccurring sins like jealousy, bitterness, gluttony, hatred, etc.

💡 We, as human beings, make wrong choices and sometimes enjoy such choices, but, His Spirit resides in each believer and provides the power to overcome wrong choices that seem to control us.

💡 The Holy Spirit enables us to do what He desires by giving guidance and strength in the ongoing battle of choices.

💡 God made us with a void in our hearts for Jesus to fill. Nothing can fill in this void.
📎Religion cannot fill it; 📎Doing good cannot fill it.
📎 Absolutely nothing can fill it.
📎It is only Jesus that can.

💡Our choices, as human beings without Christ, will ultimately estrange us from God. And we will remain in bondage until Jesus frees us and then provides the only true satisfaction.

💡 Note: The Christian life is not about feeling good and deriving the greatest personal benefit from our connection to God. Rather, the Lord builds an intimate relationship with each of His liberated Children. In this way, He can reveal more about Himself to us.

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👉Has Jesus liberated you from your bondage? Without this liberation, there is no freedom, no liberty, no salvation. Be liberated by Christ now!

Shalom and Maranatha!

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