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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hope for the Hopeless

I love this story from Luke 4. Jesus shares what His ministry is all about, and who it is for: me and you (the whole world). See if you find yourself in His words.

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.”
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.”
Life is hard, but hope springs anew. Jesus came for the brokenhearted, poor, afflicted, hurting, in bondage, prisoners, blind, and the oppressed. He came to give us freedom, forgiveness, and hope.
Have you accepted it?
Be wise today and always - praise God for giving us hope and a future.