18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor [in Spirit]; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted [who mourn due to their slavery to sin], to preach release to the captives [of sin], and recovery of sight to the [spiritually] blind, to deliver [free] those who are oppressed [in slavery to sin],2 [The gospel is the ministry of the Spirit to totally free you from sin, as you repent from your old ways of selfishness on the inward cross of self-denial; to be washed, cleansed, and purified; to then be translated into kingdom of Christ; and then to live in union with Christ and God, on earth and forever.]
20 And he closed the book and he gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
7 To open the blind eyes, to deliver the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness imprisoned.2 [Until crucified, all men are imprisoned by darkness, with their spiritual eyes blind, stumbling through life like blind men groping the wall.]
|Isaiah 61:1-2 |
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound [in slavery to sin];