‘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.”
So Jesus lets the religious leaders of the day know what he has come to do. They will see with their own eyes, the will be told of the works he will do where healing comes. Jesus came not only to tell people the good news, but to live it out.
He was anointed, that means set apart, to do it. It was a task he was sent to do. And the task, the work he came to do, he asks us to carry on.
When we become followers of Jesus, we are also anointed, we are set apart, to do what Jesus has asked us to do. To continue his work. To reach those who are blind, poor. in prison and oppressed. Who are they? It is everyone who has not yet heard about Jesus, and it is those who truly are poor and in prison.
If we are followers of Jesus we have work to do. The most important task of all. To share the love of Jesus with a dying world. Can we do it? No on our own, but we are no on our own. The Holy Spirit is with us. As we spend time in prayer with Jesus, as we learn more about him, we become better equipped to do what he has asked.
What does it look like? I might be a gentle discussion, a friendly smile. a word of comfort, a lending hand. The courage to say who it is that has changed your life, the courage to say that Jesus calls us to love. To do the best you can, and to leave the rest to Jesus.
See this week if you get an opportunity to share God’s love. Ask for it, and it will be there.