Backward verse of the day (#11)

In the book of Luke, Jesus says very little in the first few chapters. The first recorded words of Jesus is in chapter 2 where the boy Jesus found in the temple and his parents were looking for him. Jesus says nothing in chapter 3. He responds to Satan’s temptations with one sentence quotes from Deuteronomy. The first time Jesus speaks on his own accord and asserting something about his own ministry, he quotes Isaiah. Luke 4:18-19

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,

19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Jesus is saying here that he has come to make everything backwards; he is going to reverse again the effects of the fall and to begin setting the universe back to its God intended design. No slavery, no blindness, no oppression, and the generous favor of God will be unleashed on earth.

The significance of this in Luke’s gospel is that this is the announcement of the kingdom. This isn’t merely one of the perks, this is a summary of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus is saying, “I’m going to take this busted up world of yours, and put everything back the way it was supposed to be.” This is a re-creation; he’s going to take chaos in the universe and fashion it into something beautiful and useful.

But when we see this take place, everything will seem backwards. Our way of doing things and our “normal” is backwards from Jesus.

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