Lessons for the Learned
At some point I must have been set on remembering the sermon.
The margin of my Bible is marked with my interpretations and revelations from a passage.
“And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:17-19 ESV
The Spirit of the Lord is on me and if you believe in His birth, His death, His resurrection, on you, too.
God has given us all opportunities to proclaim the good news to the poor.
To proclaim liberty to those without purpose, those who are trapped in the bondage of sin, shame, doubt, fear, unbelief. To remind myself and others of the gracious rescue from these places.
To those who are blind, we like Jesus are to help them see the light of the gospel, also known as “good news”.
We need reminding, all distracted at times and unable to see, our eyes covered by the blinders of this crazy world.
We are here now to tell our stories.
Our stories of why we believe, why we know we’re better believing than not.
It’s that simple. Life before Jesus was not what life with Jesus is and will be.
Why we’re tempted not to believe at times and why we know we can’t return to that road or jump from that dangerous place again, taking advantage of the grace that will catch us in our fall.
We’ve heard the Word, we read the accounts and like the crowd Luke wrote about, we are astounded by all the healing, we are now learned ones, for we have experienced salvation and healing and we continue to grow, we continue to be open to His lessons.
Jesus was born to bring us salvation.
For thirty some years he was a healer, a teacher, a speaker through parables, readable lessons.
May I never stop learning, ever progressing towards Him, to be like Jesus. May I embrace the opportunities in front of me to more purposefully tell.
Most of all, may what is said about me be more consistently true, more about Jesus than about me.
I want to leave a legacy.
“and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
Philippians 3:9-10 ESV
My surrender is my story.