“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. Luke 4:18-19
It’s hard to believe, but Easter Week is coming up quickly, so this past Sunday we began our Easter Sermon Series, Let’s Talk About Jesus: Our Light and Hope. This is the perfect time to focus on the reasons Jesus was born into a world very much like ours. He came as a baby so He could grow up and experience all the things we do, the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s what makes Him such a wonderful advocate as He sits at the right Hand of the Father, ever interceding for us with our Father. He is our Light to show us the way and reveal those spiritual things we can’t see without Him. And that Light brings hope, a hope that never fails.
The passage for today was read by Jesus from Isaiah in the synagogue in Jesus’ home town. Now you would think they would be excited about the good news they just heard Him read. But they were far from happy, as a matter of fact one translation says they were “furious”! So Jesus, in His calmness walked out of the presence of His own people He came to seek and save, and took His message to the outside, where you and I would have been. He walked among the people of this earth for three and a half years and brought the Good News to the poor, He set captives and oppressed free and made the blind to see not only physically, but spiritually. He showed us how to walk and live in God’s favor through His amazing grace.
What are you captive to? Is something oppressing you and causing you anxiety, worry and fear? Are you blinded to the very things that are destroying you? If you said yes to any of those questions, Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him and receive that good news He came to give to all who would accept it. Are you poor in spirit, are you becoming aware of how much you need Jesus? If you answered yes, then today is the day to pray and ask Jesus to become the Lord and Savior of your life. It’s as simple as praying the prayer below:
If you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a simple as a heartfelt prayer. Jesus I’m tired of trying to live this life on my own. I’m asking you to forgive me of my sin and being independent of your help and guidance. I now accept your Holy Spirit inside my heart and ask You to be the Lord and Savior of my life.
If you prayed that prayer, please contact us by phone of e-mail so we may welcome you into the family of God, help you on your new journey and send you a gift.