The Miracle Worker
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. – Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
Jesus read these words of Isaiah in the Synagogue in the city of Nazareth one Sabbath day. When He completed reading, He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. This was not an unusual action on His part for it was customary that one would read a passage from the prophets and then be seated. However, the next thing that took place would certainly have been unusual. Jesus stated, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)
Jesus had basically stated to them on that Sabbath day that He was the One sent from God to do the miraculous work of God. That work included bringing good news to the poor, setting the captive free, giving sight to the blind, and giving freedom to the oppressed. By this proclamation of Jesus, He was acknowledging that He would work miracles as He accomplished the work of God here on earth.
It did not take long for this to prove true. If you read through the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, you will find that He began to do these miraculous works immediately. Luke, for example, records that soon after reading this prophecy that He left there and went to Capernaum and while teaching in the Synagogue, he healed a man of an unclean spirit. He set this man free from the captivity of a unclean demon. This began a series of healings of various kinds.
Scripture teaches us that Jesus performed miracles as He walked the streets here on earth. I want to remind you as well that Jesus still works miracles in our world today. We see evidence of the Miracle Worker all around. Healing the sick, setting the captives free from oppression, addictions, and such. But most importantly we see evidence of setting lost men free from the penalty of sin and saving them from the miry pit and putting their feet upon the solid rock.
Indeed, Jesus is the Miracle Worker. He is also “the Way the Truth and the Life” as John proclaimed. And just as Jesus stated to Nicodemus, “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but will have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16b)
Have you placed your faith in Him? Have you believed in him with your heart and confessed with your mouth that He is Lord? If not, what are you waiting for? The miracle worker is ready to do His miraculous work in your life – Cry out to Him today!