Emanna for 09/04/2019
The Gospel is Jubilee
Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to announce the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away in release those who are oppressed, (19) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of jubilee." Words of Ministry
Here we see that the Spirit of the Lord was upon the Man- Savior because God had anointed Him to bring good news to the poor. The Greek word rendered "bring good news" is euaggelizo, which means to evangelize, to announce good news. To preach the gospel was the first commission of the Savior as God's anointed One, the Messiah. The good news was to be preached to the poor, that is, to the poor in heavenly, spiritual, and divine things (Rev. 3:17). Luke 4:18 speaks of captives, the blind, and those who are oppressed. The captives are prisoners of war, as exiles and prisoners under Satan's bondage. The blind include those who are physically and spiritually blind (John 9:39-41). Recovery of sight is related to release from the power of Satan (Acts 26:18). The Greek word translated "oppressed" comes from a verb meaning to break in pieces. Those who are oppressed are those oppressed under Satan in sickness or in sin (John 8:34). In Luke 4:19 we see that the Man-Savior was anointed to "proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." This acceptable year is the New Testament age typified by the year of jubilee (Lev. 25:8-17), the time when God would accept the returned captives of sin and when the oppressed under the bondage of sin would enjoy the release of God's salvation.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, p. 93. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.