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Our Mission is Jesus’ Mission
One Sabbath day early in Jesus’ ministry (recorded in Luke 4:14-21), he went to the place of prayer and teaching (synagogue) in his hometown of Nazareth, and he proclaimed his mission to his own people. As people who follow in his way, his mission is our mission. Here’s how he described his mission:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
In Luke, the “poor” are all who are marginalized from society—those who are both in states of financial insecurity and those who have low social status. How they became “poor” in this way doesn’t really matter, but Jesus’ message to them does. He proclaims good news, that they, too, are welcomed into his new Kingdom that he’s setting up among all the various societies and kingdoms of the world. In this Kingdom, their value and worth can never be taken from them, and they have available to them all the resources that they need to thrive in doing what they were created to do. As Jesus followers, we seek to proclaim in word and deed this same good news to all who find themselves marginalized.
He proclaims liberty—freedom—to those who are captive or oppressed both by societal and governmental systems of injustice and by the indwelling sin that creates behavioral patterns of habitual self-destruction. For example, this message of freedom is for both those affected by injustices like racism and those whose lives are torn apart by destructive patterns of behavior such as addictions or codependency. In following Jesus, there is an incredible freedom and liberty that otherwise could not be known. We invite all who find themselves in these situations to experience this freedom among us.
He gives recovery of sight to those who are blind. We believe that God desires to heal spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We pray in faith for this healing, and we are seeing God answer our prayers. This power to heal, to open blind eyes, is real.
He proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor. This is a message of hope. In the Old Testament, this was to be a year in which all debts were cancelled, all lost inheritances were restored, shame was removed, social statuses were restored, and everything was made right again. It was like a giant and total reset button. Jesus proclaimed that such a time was coming for all of humanity and that he would usher it in. We are a people of hope. We eagerly and expectantly await the return of Jesus, when he will renew all things and set all things right. We live in hope and by faith that this coming future reality will have moments of breakthrough in the here and now, as moments of real justice and mercy as seen.
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