God’s Spirit is on Me; He’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor. Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind. To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!” – Luke 4:18-19 (MSG)
Before Jesus gave Himself as the final, perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin (for all time!), serving God required a long list of rules, training and regulated sacrifices. Only certain people could read His Word and even fewer were allowed to enter into His presence in the temple. He must have seemed unreachable to the average person like you and me, but Jesus changed all that. He became the bridge, the brother, the friend that we needed – and not just for the Jews, but to anyone, everyone, that needs a Savior. His Church was released from the requirements of membership, the price of admittance, and granted VIP status regardless of what we really deserve. The gloves are off; we’re free to love, free to soak in His Word, free to fall at His feet and hear Him speak to us. We’re unhindered – unhampered – unimpeded and grateful for freedom in Christ!