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You Need 419

Luke 4:16-19

The Bravery of Jesus – THUCYDIDES:              
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.

1.    Home town kid from down the block comes and fills their pulpit.

a.     They all knew Him, they watched Him grow up

b.     “Isn’t this Joseph’s son – in other words “Who does Jesus think he is?”

c.     He’s gotten too big for His britches

2.    In power of the Holy Spirit and with anointing of God He enters the synagogue.

a.     Verses 18-19 possess his calling, what God has sent Him to accomplish.

b.     Read 18-19

c.     When you read these verses they are aimed at Israel and ultimately to all men and women through out time.

3.    Look closely at these verses: What do all these people have in common?

a.     They all have pressing needs

b.     They are: poor, prisoners, blind and oppressed

4.    What do they want? Deliverance, Freedom from their dilemma’s

a.     The poor what to be released from poverty

b.     The prisoner desires to be released

c.     The blind want to see

d.     The oppressed want to be delivered

5.    There was a woman who needed what Jesus preached, she wanted to be released from her circumstances.

a.     She was tried of being looked down upon by her neighbors

b.     She want to be respected and to feel good about herself

c.     She was tried of being used for other peoples desires

d.     Turn with me to Luke 7:36-50

e.     She was poor both physically and spiritually, matter of fact she had several strikes against her, woman and prostitute. She was a prisoner to her desires, and to her shame. And she was oppressed by the religious people. She needed a change, she needed 419.

6.    Now, let’s turn these verses 18-19 and examine ourselves in the light of Jesus mission and calling.

a.     What is your most pressing need – write it on a piece of paper.

b.     What do you want, what need is weighting on you that only Jesus can care for.

                                                                         i.      Poor – Spiritual and economic poverty, low status, vulnerable people. We can also say “Broken hearted”

                                                                      ii.      Prisoner of some sin Luke 24:47

                                                                   iii.      Blinded by darkness – covers you in disbelief in what Jesus can do for you. Acts 26:18

                                                                    iv.      Oppressed- by fears, grief, anxiety and anger. John 8:36, Gal 5:1

1.    Archbishop Desmond Tutu who grew up under apartheid in South Africa says, "There's nothing ever to equal being free. You can't put a money value to being free, to be able to wake up in a country and not have to say, 'Do I have my pass on me?' 'Am I allowed to go there?' 'Can I take my children to that school?'"  He tells of walking past a playground with his daughter and having to stop her from playing on the swings.  She would protest, "But there are other children there." He says, "You got quite sick having to say, 'Yes, there are other children there, but they are not quite children like you'"

2.    There’s nothing ever equal to being freed by Jesus.

                                                                       v.      Jesus has something which every one in this room desperately needs.

1.    We need 419

2.    What is 419? Look with me in Luke 4 and look for verse 19.

3.    “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

a.     The year of Jubilee

b.     Torah requires Jewish people, every sabbath year, to let their land lie fallow, to forgive debts, and to free slaves (Exodus 21:1-6; 23:10-11; Deuteronomy 15:1-18).  The Jubilee year is a Sabbath Sabbath year ––seven times seven years.  The Torah requires Jewish people, in the Jubilee Year, to return ancestral lands to their historic owners (Leviticus 25:8-17).  With this requirement, God showed his concern for people at the lower end of the economic spectrum.  These provisions are designed to reduce the disadvantage of the poor –– to insure that the wealthy cannot accumulate all the land and consolidate all of the power.  It is a provision that should gladden the hearts of anyone in need, but "the year of the Lord's favor" suggests that the opportunity is time-limited.  They/we must accept grace while it is available. 

c.     You need a Jubilee, you need to be forgiven, you need to be healed:

                                                                                                                                                 i.      Poverty

                                                                                                                                              ii.      Chains

                                                                                                                                           iii.      Blindness

                                                                                                                                            iv.      Oppression

d.     God wants to forgive you but He also wants to heal you.

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