What Does Luke 4:18-19 Mean For Our Youth?
Name: Darline Morgan
Question: What does Luke 4:18-19 mean to our youth?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Darline.
I believe scripture is written on several different levels and can mean one thing at one point in our life, yet in the future it has a new and deeper meaning for us.
I feel that is the Holy Spirit working in our life, it is a sign we are maturing in the Word of God. So I do not necessarily feel as if a scripture applies to a certain generation per se, though I understand where you are coming from.
I will further explain my thoughts on that as we move through this Bible Q&A.
Let us read the verse together so all of our readers are on the same page.
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”
19 “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Now on one level, this is a great example and yes, for our youth as well, what they can do to help people out in this world that seems so cold these days. We should preach the gospel to the poor.
If you have ever been poor and I mean poor as in you have not eaten for a day or two, a person in that situation can just give up on life. Not to mention the circumstances that led to them being in that situation to begin with. So preaching the Gospel, which is the good news can certainly be a blessing to someone in a bad situation. This is being a “doer” of the Word as we have been instructed in James 1.
If you have ever been broken hearted, maybe you lost a loved one, have a health condition or something else altogether, those with broken hearts need our time, love and most importantly, they need Jesus Christ to mend their broken hearts.
Christ is our healer, He is our Savior and we should take every opportunity to share Him and His Word with the world. Learning about the Bible is very encouraging, exciting and interesting if the right person is doing the teaching.
If we have the Spirit of the Lord, which is the Holy Spirit within us, we must always remember to try and help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. If you know the Bible front to back and never share that message of Hope, how are you expanding Christ’s Kingdom?
Never hid your candle, (Matthew 5:14-16).
So I say for our youth and everyone else, remember this, remember the message found within just two verses and think what an impact you could have on someone else’s life if you try and lift up the poor and broken hearted…
The Levels Of Scripture
Now in the opening, I said scripture is written on many different levels. What we have just covered is one level.
Let us take this verse to yet another level.
Who is speaking in Luke 4:18-19?
If we read verses 16-17 we find that He came to Nazareth where He was raised and He went into the synagogue to read out loud. Christ opened the book of Isaiah and the words He spoke were those we just read in Luke 4:18-19.
Christ would tell those in attendance, “this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” and He closed the book, (Luke 4:21).
Why would He say that?
Christ was there, Christ was on earth and His ministry was taking off. He was doing the Work our Father wanted Him to do.
However, Christ did not complete the quote from Isaiah 61:1-2, let us read verse two together,
2 “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn“.
Christ stopped reading mid-sentence, at the comma as only the first part of this prophecy had been fulfilled. However, the Day of Vengeance was a future event from Christ’s point in time and even today.
The Day of Vengeance is the day when “all things which are written may be fulfilled,” (Luke 21:22). Of course, we are talking about the end of the Tribulation of Satan and the Return of Jesus Christ.
You see, Christ did not come “into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved,” (John 3:17). Christ will certainly judge the world, our Father provided Him that authority and power, however that is set for a future point in time, (John 5:22, 2 Corinthians 5:10).
That is why Christ closed the book midway through the sentence to provide us with a marker of time that had been fulfilled and to let us know one still remains to be fulfilled, the Day of Vengeance.