The Spirit of The Lord God is upon me; because The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Isaiah 61:1
The prophet Isaiah is speaking here specifically of Jesus, and the anointing He will receive to preach, heal, proclaim, and set free. Jesus came as the Christ, “the anointed one”. As followers of Jesus, we are given the same mandate and anointing as he had…….preach, heal, proclaim liberty, and offer deliverance from things that keep humans addicted and imprisoned……living as slaves to something that controls them.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 1John 4:17
As Jesus is, so are we. Righteous through his grace and his sacrifice for our sin; powerful through the gift of the Holy Spirit; and anointed to proclaim the gospel of his sacrifice to open the prison doors that we were once locked behind.
There is a mindset of those who have been behind bars, or have experienced bondage of some kind…….it seems to be a lack of knowledge of when the imprisonment is over, that it is really over. So that even if the prison doors are open, the prisoners still don’t know they are actually FREE to go. Some of us were like that. Sometimes we are still like that. We don’t know that we are really free.
Isaiah says that Jesus ( and us), will be given the anointing to proclaim that liberty, that freedom, so they will really KNOW they’re free.
The locks have been opened from the outside.
The shackles are off.
The hand-cuffs are off.
The chains that have held us to our sin nature have been broken.
We are free to sing a new sing…..a song of liberty.
What does freedom FEEL like??!
If I were set free from prison after a long term inside, it could take me a while to realize that I am really free. The door to the prison opens, I walk out, and the door clangs shut behind me. I am free, but do I know what that means? I walk away free, but do I know what to do with myself? What do free people do? How do they act? Where do they go? What do they say? Do they ever go back to the prison to see their fellow prisoners that are still behind bars?
Why did Jesus say in his Sermon on Mount Olive in Matthew 25, “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ?? What is important about visiting prisoners? Is it to commiserate with them? To encourage them? To show basic human kindness? Maybe all of those, and also to give some hope that they may not be in there forever and are not forgotten. Jesus seemed to understand what it felt like to be in prison, even though he had never been in prison.
What are we free from when Jesus proclaims that we are free?
We have freedom from sin, fear, addiction, pain, sickness, sadness, loneliness, spiritual hunger, and religious laws, customs and traditions. We have freedom to worship, love, feel joy, experience health, have peace in our hearts, walk in patience, and all of the fruit of the spirit of God ( love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, meekness, kindness, faith). We don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been done. We can follow the “new and living way”. ( Hebrews 10:20)
Now The Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17)
Wherever there is a born again spirit, there is liberty. Any of us who have been born again into Christ; we have the spirit of God, and we have that liberty.