The post office and courier services sometimes don’t deliver the parcels. Not our Lord Jesus Christ. He came to set the prisoners free, and to bring light to those who sit in darkness out of the prison house, those who have been held in the prison house of fear, doubt and all forms of bondages. He came to set the captives free. Jesus has come to deliver you totally from your chains and to bring you right out of your prison house, not just from your little cell where you were held captive, but to bring you out of the entire prison house, out of the premises. That’s special delivery, my friend. “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, 7 To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house” (Isa. 42:6-7).
Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. He recognised His own calling and purpose as recorded by the prophet Isaiah. He came to communicate in word and deed the heart of the Father and His great plan of salvation. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
Jesus is declaring that He is an anointed man, and not an ordinary person. Christ here, is saying that He was sent. He made a specific point that He was the saviour sent from heaven. He was a special messenger. In other words, He was not sent by men – human beings were not the ones who sent Him. He was not there to proclaim a message for men, but He was sent directly by God the father who will raise Him from the dead.
Jesus was emphasising that it was God who sent Him, because He was going to say certain things in His mission statement that will be very hard on the congregation. It was going to be very authoritative. Where was He getting the authority from? Well, He starts off by letting them know that ‘hey I’m the anointed one, and I’m not a messiah called by men. I’m called by God, with His message and authority, and what I’m telling you is from God.
“And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:20-21).
In other words, He was not going to give them any opportunity to disagree and say well, that’s just Christ’s opinion. Jesus was leaving no room for doubt. There was no way that these Jews were going to say, ‘oh that’s just Jesus’s opinion’. Jesus was saying this is not my opinion, I’m speaking directly from God. I’m God’s messenger sent and anointed by Him, to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). You do not have any other option, you either reject God or accept this as a message from God. There’s no in-between. That’s the point that Jesus was emphasising here.
He has come to bring you out to life in Him. So, you can boldly say “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). What deliverance is it if you have light, but you remain in darkness? Or if you escape from the prison cell but you remain in the prison house? It doesn’t have to be that way.