Release to the Captives

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While visiting family for a Christmas meal earlier today, I noticed a ceramic statue in the living room.

This work of art seemed to speak of freedom as the open hands were releasing a bird to the sky.

We may know freedom, as well.

Freedom that only Jesus can give.

Freedom to everyone who is downtrodden.

Luke 4:14-19 reads:

And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit; and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

     And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,

     “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
            BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.
            HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,
            AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,
            TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN,

     TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

 

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