A Gospel of Liberation

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…. Luke 4:18

I have a brother in Christ who has been in prison for the last fifteen years. Though he has been steadfast in his faith in God, there’s been times when he feels abandoned entirely and forsaken by God. This brother continues to profess his innocence and struggle with the fact that God has not compelled the justice system to set him free.

In today’s text, Jesus presents the platform for his messianic ministry. He makes it clear that he is indeed a liberator and a freedom giver. Therefore in Galatians 5:1 we read: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery.” Jesus confirms that statement in John 8:36 when he told a listening crowd on the Mount of Olives: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Many Christians are living in bondage even though they are not in a physical prison. Some of them are burdened by a yoke of slavery in a romantic relationship. Others are burdened by a yoke of slavery to an addiction or a vice. Jesus offers deliverance to all captives. He wants to break the chains of our captivity and set us free to worship, and free to enjoy the gift of life that he offers.

Human beings were not created to live in captivity. That is why prison is used as a form of punishment for criminals. Followers of Jesus Christ should not be burdened by any yoke of slavery. Our one and only master is the Triune God. Our relationship with God is a blessing and not a burden.

Those who reject Jesus remain in bondage to sin. Jesus offers freedom from the guilt of sin and from eternal damnation. Through Jesus, the believer becomes a light to the unsaved. When we proclaim the gospel, the eyes of the blind are open, those who are in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual prison are set free, and those who sit in darkness are released from their dungeon.

Throughout his ministry, Jesus preached a theology of liberation. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Catholic Church in Latin America developed their liberation theology as a moral reaction to the poverty and social injustice in their continent. Since then liberation theology has been used as a commentary by different oppressed minority groups to demand justice and equity. The locus of their demand is the freedom-centered message of the gospel.

The gospel was resisted and rejected by the Jewish religious leaders because it promotes freedom from religious traditionalism and legalism. Jesus paid a price of blood for our freedom. Therefore, we should not allow ourselves to be burdened by a yoke of slavery to anything or anyone.

The best way to celebrate our Christ-centered freedom is by having a right relationship with the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only when we are intentional in honoring God that we experience immeasurable freedom. Those who reverence God are not burdened by a yoke of slavery to sin. They are not captives to guilt and shame because the Lord order their steps and keep them on the path of righteousness. They have the will-power and the anointing to resist all oppressive forces and to conquer all demonic forces. Thus they can stand as a beacon of hope for those who live in captivity, and as a testimony that there is freedom in the body of Christ.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please set free all who are burdened by a yoke of slavery so they can live in the freedom given to us through Jesus Christ.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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