Jesus said, “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 for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4: 18–19
This Easter season great hope enters our lives when we embrace an all-encompassing view of Jesus. We must know Jesus and the work He desires to do in us. For just a moment, I want to invite you to consider the way you think about Jesus. Do you think of Jesus as the conquering King? Based on Luke 4: 18–19, we can know that Jesus is the conquering King who came to set us free! Wrapped in this truth, we can experience Jesus in His grandness and know Jesus as our Redeemer, Deliverer, and soon- coming King!
Think about Jesus as our Redeemer. Jesus lived a life that only He could live—a life free from sin. Jesus died on the cross and took on Himself the punishment for every wrong thought, action, motive, and reaction we ever committed. Jesus paid the price for the sin that separates you and me from God. The result? The moment we call on the name of the Lord, He saves us from our sins and, in God’s eyes, moves us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We experience the redeeming work of Jesus in our lives! Knowing Jesus as our Redeemer means that we understand our need for a Savior and that we long for Jesus to change our lives in a very personal way.
Think about Jesus as our Deliverer. Once we are cleansed from our sins and enjoying fellowship with God, sin continues to impact our lives. But we can have hope because we are not helpless in the face of the day-by-day onslaught of sin. The moment Jesus rose from the dead, He proclaimed victory over sin and death and provided us with the necessary power to overcome the grip of sin. Overcoming sin requires a life of complete dependence on Christ, a life that abides in Him. This kind of life longs to be controlled by the Spirit of God as we daily make the choice to fight the sin in our lives based on His power, not our own. This allows us to experience Jesus as our Deliverer.
Think about Jesus as our soon-coming King. Recognizing Jesus as our Redeemer and Deliverer positions us to long for Him to be our soon-coming King. When we are serious about fighting the sin in our lives, we can’t help but long for Jesus to return to take us to heaven. We will long to live in a place where we will be free from the sin and death that plague this fallen world. Focusing on Jesus’ return allows us to anticipate our real home in heaven with God and provides freedom over the distractions found in this world. Living in anticipation of the day Jesus returns to this earth provides the best way to celebrate Jesus as our soon-coming King. This eternal focus helps us reflect the priorities of Christ as we value the things of eternity over the things of this world.
Recognizing that Jesus is our Redeemer, Deliverer, and soon-coming King helps us to embrace Him in every area of our lives. Going forward, how will you view Jesus in your daily life? Will you see Him as the meek Savior who came as a baby or the conquering King who came to set you free? The beauty of this question is that Jesus is uniquely both! He came in the flesh as a baby to deliver us from our flesh, and He rules as King to provide a way for us to live a complete life in Him.
This devotional is an excerpt from “Free to Thrive,” a book written by author and Bible teacher Andrea Lennon www.andrealennonministry.org