Jesus tells us who He is and what He does in God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 11:3 – But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (Verse 4) For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it.
“Another Jesus” – Anyone that comes preaching a different Jesus other than what is in the Bible. This goes for a different spirit, which is other than the Holy Spirit, and those who have a different gospel. Paul says that he’s concerned the people might just tolerate it.
Do you believe a different Jesus is being preached today in churches? They are preaching a Jesus as “fire insurance” but doesn’t cause you to change your life and can’t help you with problems. When someone has been told that a person doesn’t have to repent and can keep on living any way they want, that’s another Jesus. That’s not the Jesus in Scripture! Jesus tells us who He is.
Luke 4:16 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. (Verse 17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written (Isaiah 61): (Verse 18) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. (Verse 19) To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”
(Verse 20) Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on HIm. (Verse 21) And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
This was a very well known messianic passage that the Jews knew. They knew that this passage was about the Messiah. Jesus grew up in Nazareth and was very well known. Until this time of reading the Scripture, He’s been only a carpenter in their eyes.
He walks right into the synagogue, reads that passage, and then looks at the crowd and says, “I’m the Messiah!” If we read on down to verses 28 and 29, those who had heard Jesus say that He was the Messiah, were filled with wrath and took Him outside the city to throw Him over a cliff. His first sermon at His own church didn’t go very well. However, in verse 30, Jesus just passed through the midst of them and went His way.
In the passage that Jesus read from Isaiah, we find the five foundational ministries of Jesus:
Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor… (Verse 19) to preach or proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” This is Salvation!
2 Corinthians 6:2 – For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Jesus is saying, “Because of what I’m going to do for you, now you can be accepted.” He came to preach the gospel, the “good news” to the poor. The word “poor” doesn’t mean “financially” poor. This is talking about being poor in spirit, bankrupt.
There are two main Greek words for the word poor: “penes” designates the working poor. They have little in material goods. But Jesus didn’t use that word. The word Jesus used is “Ptochos”, and that means the poor that are not able to work. They can’t provide for themselves. They might have been lame or sick. They sat in dark corners and put a cup out in front of them to beg. People who passed by could see the cup but not the person. Jesus used that Greek word for the word “poor” because He wanted them to know, “You can’t work for your salvation!” If God doesn’t have mercy on people then they are not going to make it. So, Jesus first ministry is to save us because we can’t save ourselves.
Luke 4:18 – “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
He came to heal people’s heart, the seat of their emotions, shattered hearts. This is more than good advice, this is the good news of the gospel. Jesus can not only save us for the next life, but He can also heal our heart while in this life here on earth, and set free those who have been bruised or oppressed. A bruise is internal, and that bruise can actually hold a person in bondage. They can’t get past something. He is the one that can set free these people who have been hurt by the enemy. He can heal all hurts.
Luke 4:18 – “to proclaim or preach liberty to the captives.” Jesus is also our deliverer. Christians can be in bondage. You can be saved and still be in bondage in an area. When a person is in bondage, the best way to tell is, they can’t control it. In any area that a person has, whether anger or lust or whatever and they can’t control it, they are in bondage. That spirit can be cast out by Jesus!
Physical healing: Luke 4:18 – “and recovery of sight to the blind.”
Matthew 8:16, 17 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (Verse 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
1 Peter 2:24 – who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree… Did Jesus bear our sins on the cross? Yes, so why can’t people believe He bore our sicknesses when Scripture says so? Do you remember the lame man that was lowered through the roof because they couldn’t get through the crowd? Jesus tells the man his sins are forgiven. But the scribes and the Pharisees started debating who is this that can forgive sin. And Jesus replies: Luke 5:23 – “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?
So, which is easier for Jesus? Neither one is hard for Him. He does both! How did we receive forgiveness of our sins? By grace through faith. Grace first because its a free gift of God, but we received this grace by faith. God’s grace healed us from our sins.
So people ask, “How do we get healed? By grace through faith! The same way. People try to make this so hard to understand, but it’s not hard at all. Receive His grace and believe through faith in Jesus Christ!
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The Anointing Of The Holy Spirit
Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me”
Acts 10:38 – “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with HIm.”
We know from Scripture that God anointed Him, but one of His ministries is to anoint us!
John 1:33 – “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
Jesus is the One who anoints or baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. John says, “This is the One who will totally immerse us in the Holy Spirit!” Jesus does more than just save us for heaven. He can help us now in any area we need help in. Are you in a church that only preaches salvation? Jesus is and has so much more to offer His children if we would open our hearts and eyes to the full gospel of Christ.
There is a real Jesus that not only can save you but heal you physically, heal broken hearts, set us free and anoint us with the Holy Spirit. He can do it all!