Text:“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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” - Luke 4:18, 19.
This prophecy drawn from Isaiah 61:1,2 was read by the Lord himself when he entered the synagogue in those days. He told his listeners that it fulfilled on him. It was for the purpose of freeing mankind from the burdens of sin and death that Jesus Christ was commissioned by God Almighty to come and give his life as a ransom for many. Indeed, Jesus Christ came for the benefit of all those who are miserable and afflicted but who are humble in heart and want the righteousness and salvation of God. He came to give freedom to those who are held captive or are pressed down by sin and various oppression of the devil.
The reference to the “the acceptable year of the Lord”, is an allusion to the year of jubilee--the fiftieth year, when liberty was proclaimed for all Hebrew slaves, when debts were cancelled and possessions were restored to their original families. (Leviticus 25:8-13) The acceptable year therefore means the time when God Almighty through Jesus Christ would grant freedom to His children or when the door of salvation would be opened for His people. Scripture says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” - Isaiah 55:6, 7.