Jesus lived His life in such a way that we could see what
mattered most to Him. If you want live, serve, and make a difference as Jesus
did when He walked on this earth it can be done when you understand what
mattered most to Him.
Dr. Luke records for us what mattered to Jesus...
Luke 4:18-19 "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 PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE
BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE
YEAR OF THE LORD."
1) Christians walking in the Spirit matters to Jesus.
Here in Luke's Gospel, Jesus tells us, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon
Me." Being filled with the Spirit of God isn't an option but essential for
the believer who desires to live for and serve the Lord. When we're not filled
with the Spirit we can tend to lean on our own wisdom and understanding,
depending on our own ingenuity. God wants you to be filled and overflowing with
His Spirit if you're going to serve Him.
2) The Poor Matter to Jesus
The Lord has a heart for those who are poor practically and spiritually. Look
for ways to serve the poor in your community. Donate food to your church food
shelf or look for outreach opportunities to serve the poor. Find those who are
poor in spirit and bring to them the nutrients they need from the Bread of
3) The Broken Hearted Matter to Jesus
Sin, calamity, and catastrophe breaks hearts and Jesus wants to heal that which
has been shattered. Look to bring encouragement and hope to those who are
experiencing sorry and sadness.
4) The Captives Matter to Jesus
Sin enslaves people and Jesus has come to set people free. Fear, anxiety, and
worrisome thoughts can also hold people captive and they too can experience
freedom in Jesus! Share the person and power of Jesus Christ with others, let
them know He can set one free from such things.
5) The Blind Matter to Jesus
Jesus preached recovery of sight to the blind. Though He healed many who were
blind physically, He also opened the eyes of people who were blind spiritually.
The Lord still heals today physically and spiritually, opening up eyes in order
that people might see Him! Lead those who are spiritually blind to Jesus.
6) The Oppressed Matter to Jesus
Sin can so easily oppress people. So too can worry and snares that entrap us.
Jesus has come not only to preach liberty, freedom and deliverance but to be
deliverance for us.
7) The Entire World Matters to Jesus
In proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord, Jesus is saying the year is
now, the time is now, the Messiah is here! This is the same message we share
today. Jesus came to die for the sin of the world and rise again from the dead
in order that we be set free from the penalty and power of sin. Jesus first
came to be the suffering servant, next time He will come as the Conquering
Jesus let everyone know that day who Isaiah wrote of. 'He wrote
of Me,' Jesus would say. Jesus is so good! He moved in the Spirit, fed the
poor, cared for the bruised of heart, set free the captives, opened the eyes of
those who simply could not see, and proclaimed His arrival! May what matters to
Jesus, matter to us.
Lord, make me more like you!