Day 7

Grace Day

Luke 4:18-19

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me

to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set free the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
-Luke 4:18-19

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6 thoughts on "Grace Day"

  1. Rod Renix says:

    Thank you Father for your grace. Thank you that you would even create such a thing for us to experience and live under. Thank you for your love. Thank you that out of love you created us, and everything around us. Thank you that you set in our hearts the ability to and the desire to be in relationship with you, and that yearning and longing can only be fulfilled by you. You are a great God. There is none like you.

  2. Scott Schulman says:

    Jesus came to proclaim freedom to the captives. This implies two things. One, there are captives that need to be saved. And two, Jesus is the one who can free them. I don’t often view myself as a captive, but I really am. Sin is not just something that we do. It’s a slave master and it chokes and suffocates us until we die. Jesus came to save me from that slave master of sin. I’m so thankful that he did. I don’t deserve that freedom, but he has given it to me anyway. I should choose to live in that freedom apart from sin every day.

  3. Dalton Forman says:

    It’s hard to rest in today’s society especially if you are looking to have a Sabbath. You could imagine it with school and work and anything else that taking a whole day off during the week to rest and pray would be a difficult undertaking. I feel like as a culture we need to find a way to make that a priority so we can keep Him as THE priority. But despite our difficulty in that we a wonderful God who will give us rest in the midst of life and focus on chaos and give us exactly what we need and exactly what we can handle. For those things we are thankful, for those thing we should celebrate the joy of this season!

  4. Ryan says:

    I wanted to read through these verses slowly and more than once. In doing so, I asked myself, “Who are the poor, the captives, the blind?” Being in ministry i thought of the students I work with. “Held captive by what?” “How are they blind?” and “They are independent school students – they aren’t poor, are they?” Next, I looked up the word captive. “Someone enslaved or dominated.” Then it dawned on me – I should be considering how I am poor, held captive, broken, etc. How do I need Jesus in these ways? How would I be considered poor? Maybe in my time, maybe in my generosity, maybe in my schedule. I don’t have much to give, and when I do I “act” poor and hoard these things I should freely give. How am I held captive? I still have issues with lust and covetousness. I can relate to feeling enslaved or dominated by these thoughts at times. Lastly, how am I blind? I often feel blind to becoming better in my profession. I can’t see the way to be better, to be a better leader, at home and at work, actually. I can absolutely be blind to others needs despite my hyper-vigilant personality. I see what I want, or at least what I think I want, and become numb to others needs as tunnel-vision sets in. Jesus, I thought I might be one of these, but certainly not all of them. But, Jesus’ words are powerful and penetrating to the heart and the soul. Thankfully because of his powerful word, I am seeing an even greater need for Jesus in my life. I will conclude with one more thought. While I have been able to turn my focus back on me in this devotion, I’m wondering, “these words ARE for us, right” Yes. But we are also supposed to live in the identity of being the anointed ones, the ones of whom the spirit of the Lord dwells, going out into the word to fulfill Christ’s mission for us.

  5. Conor Barry says:

    The first time I read Luke 4:18-19, I didn’t realize that just several verses later they drive him out of town and try to throw him down a cliff. Jesus has just started his ministry and his life is already in danger, the threat of death always lurking. For who? For sinners, the sinners that he came to die for. The humility of our Jesus to take on flesh and suffer persecution to save his enemies is radical and groundbreaking. And yet he did it in joy, for the glory of God and for the good of God’s people.

    Jesus’ life has been marked by death from the very beginning: from Herod to Pontus. He knew that would be the case, he knew that was the only way. And he did it anyways.

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