x422......"To Set At Liberty"
"¶ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. (Luke 4: 14-20)
Jesus at the very beginning of His earthly ministry declares exactly what He has been "sent" to do. This is what His apostolic ministry is going to look like. (the word "sent"--in Greek: "apostello").
He says He will preach the Gospel--heal the sick--and bring deliverance to those who are oppressed of the devil. It is very obvious when we read the Gospels that this is exactly what Jesus did in His earthly ministry--it is exactly what He did directly thereafter.
But He also says one more thing--"To set at liberty them that are bruised,"
The word "sent" is also the Greek "apostello"
What Jesus is saying here is that He is going to make apostles--He is going to release apostles--from them that are "bruised". He is saying that He is going to make ministers out to common people-out of of people who are not of the proper birthright and have not had the people training. And of course this is exactly what He did.
But when we take all these statements together in one thought--we see exactly how Jesus' ministry operated.
He healed the sick--cast out the devil and preached the Gospel to a group of people. But the final step was to release them into their ministry. To release them to serve God--to share the Gospel--heal the sick-- cast out he devil also--just as He did!
Jesus went to every part of Israel and brought an apostolic revival to Israel. This revival continued into the years after He ascended with the acts of the apostles.
Now, it has taken the church hundreds of years to accept the fact that Jesus' ministry is meant to be our ministry. For hundreds of years the organized church taught that healing if the name of Jesus was not for us today--nor was deliverance--nor was the Gospel--the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus.
Slowly over time--whith much resistance from the organization called the church--these gifts and the ministry of Jesus has been restored to the church.
Hebrews 13:8* Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
This simple scripture tells us directly that what Jesus did yesterday He does today--it is plain and simple doctrine in the Bible. If Jesus healed yesterday--it is for us today--If He delivered people from the oppression of the devil--we can have this today. If the Gospel He preached was done yesterday--it is applicable for today. We are all saved by what Jesus did--His work upon the cross saves us today--fully completely,
But, we have yet to see the last part restored to the church. The release of people to serve God. The release of the apostolic ministry in the earth in all it's fullness.
We need preaching that releases. Jesus teaching always lead to this. Read Matthew chapters 5-7. In these chapters, Jesus teaches all about the Gospel He is bringing--the healing and deliverance--all empowered by love. But this teaching is not just for "personal fulfillment"--as we in our day and age so often interpret it. Throughout these chapters--as well as in all of Jesus' teachings--there is the spirit of release. There is the spirit of being "set at liberty"--of encouragment to teach others of how great God is---to care for others--to love others--this is what pure Biblical minsitry is. Jesus purpose behind healing and deliverance and feeding the poor----was release.
In our day and age we are so close! We fully understand the Gospel as a free gift--and rightfully preach it so. Many of us understand that Jesus heals us today--(it's happened too many times for us to deny!)--when we simply believe by faith (all of His gifts operate by faith). Yet we continue to cling to dark ages traditions--which lead us to build man's authority into the church. We continue to operate the church by fictitous "pastoral authority" instead of reaching to apostolic freedom. We continue to operate by rules that Roman emperors have set for the chruch--instead of the rules that the new testament Bible gives us. All these rules squelch the release that Christ does within us when we meet Him.
All we are asking is to add release to the equation. Can we have faith and do it?
After Jesus had fed the 5,000, He had done His ministry-he had healed and taught the Gospel and delivered those in need--(but not just Himself but also the apostles which worked with Him--Jesus operated by apostleship--which meant He worked with teams of others--He operated a network--NOT AN EMPIRE!!) The final thing which He did was--
44* "......And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. 45* ¶ And straightaway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray." (Mark 6: 44-46)
There is a particular point made in all the Gospels of how that Jesus "sent away" the multitudes. The word used here is the Greek "apoulo" which means to "release".
Jesus did His ministry in exactly the manner in which He stated in Luke 4:18--and the fullness of His ministry was to release those who were healed, delivered and saved. The final part of Jesus' ministry was to release those whom He had ministered-----to "set at liberty"----to "send away" those whom He had given helped.
The church has take hundreds of years to comprehend the fact that Jesus heals and saves and delivers--and we have yet to realize the importance of releasing those who are saved and healed to serve God--to minister--to be released to serve God--the apostolic plan for the church.