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Mission

Luke 4:14-44

The mission of Jesus is the mission of God that reaches humans.

The essential characteristics of the mission of Jesus:

  • The mission of Jesus fulfills God’s mission.

    Luke 4:16-21
    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, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “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, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 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. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

  • The mission of Jesus is spirit empowered.

    Luke 4:14,18
    Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside; “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,

  • The mission of Jesus proclaims the good news to the poor.

    Luke 4:18,43
    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; But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”

  • The mission of Jesus brings release and restoration.

    Luke 4:18,19
    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 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

  • The mission of Jesus focuses primarily on outsiders, not insiders.

    Luke 4:18,19
    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 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

  • The mission of Jesus prompts a response.

    Luke 4:24-30
    “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.” All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Live it out

  • Redefining our perspective on the world.
  • Revisioning our views with the mission of Jesus.
  • Renewed theological view – God’s mission.

Who’s mission are you living?