Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe
Why would Jesus choose to loose us? This is the very reason why He came – to set captives free.
“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.” 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. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21Those of us who are being held captive by the negative effects of experiencing broken relationships, broken homes, rejection, disappointment, despair, hopelessness, lying, stealing – and the list goes on and on! Jesus has come to make us whole in every respect – to give life and life more abundantly.
The Lord our God has need for all who would dare to follow Jesus, but we must be set free before we are able to free others. He needs us to be salt as well as lights in this unkind and messed up world. Salt flavours the unsavoury thing and light shines to dispel darkness in order for us to see clearly where we are going.
As we live in Christ and share our experiences with others about Him and as we share from His Word, we become as salt and as light to this world.
Zacchaeus felt the call of the Lord as he went about his own business. The important thing was that he heeded the call of the Lord to his restoration, and was therefore able to reap the benefits of the Kingdom of God for himself, as well as for his household. In other words, Zacchaeus chose to experience life eternal with Christ, and because of his obedience he became a candidate to be used by God.
On the flip side of that, he could have felt the call of God and chose instead to ignore it, and continue in his old lifestyle. Where would he have been headed? He would have been heading away from God’s kingdom into hell, the place which was designed for the devil and his demons.
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:13-14Have you felt the call of the Lord? Maybe at a church service or maybe as someone shared his or her testimony with you? Have you responded positively to His call?
Consider this - The Master has need of you!