The Purpose of Jesus
Many times throughout the reading of the Gospels, Jesus tells why He is here on this earth. "I have come to seek and to save those who are lost." "I have come to give my life as a ransom for many." It is important to recognize how much Jesus prioritized His purpose but also to understand what was His purpose on this earth. This series looks at Luke chapter 4 as Jesus reads an Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah.
As we open our discussion on the purpose of Jesus, it is easy on Easter to reduce His life to death on a cross. Indeed, this was a momentous occasion, however, Jesus came to do more than to just die for our sins. This week, we will luke at Jesus' purpose He identified in Luke 4
In Luke 4, Jesus read from Isaiah and said He was the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. In this prophecy, the Messiah would come to proclaim Good News to the poor and to proclaim liberty among the captives. This week, Pastor Tim speaks on the liberty available for captives.
As we continue our series on the purpose of Jesus, Jesus says that He came to proclaim the recovery of sight for the blind. This was not in the original passage He from Isaiah 61 indicating that God was doing a new thing for those in need.
This week, Pastor Tim shares on a subject that the church doesn't talk about very often, sexism and racism. However, one cannot help but to acknowledge the statistical evidence of cultural and systemic oppression of women and African-Americans. The good news is that Jesus came to give liberty to the oppressed.
When Jesus started His public ministry, He started by reading Isaiah 61. He ended this manifesto with "To proclaim the acceptable or favorable year of the Lord." The favorable year of the Lord was a reference to Leviticus 25 and the year of Jubilee.