Jesus’ Mission Statement
After being tempted in the wilderness by the devil, Jesus began to teach in the synagogues in the region. Word began to spread, and He began to develop a reputation. When He came to His hometown, He went to the synagogue, as was His custom. And He was given the scroll of Isaiah. Here is the passage He read and taught on:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then He claimed that He was the fulfillment of the passage.
This is a mission statement for Jesus. It is what He came to do. The passage says that the Spirit of the Lord anointed Him to do several things. They are His mission.
Jesus Gospel Mission
The mission was not a temporal, earthly mission. The poor he came to minister to were not the materially poor. The captives were not those arrested by men. The blind were not the physically blind. The oppressed were not those oppressed by an unjust society.
Jesus mission was a spiritual mission. He came for the spiritually poor: those who could not save themselves. He came for the spiritual captives: those in bondage to sin. He came for the spiritually blind: those unable to see the truth. And he came for the spiritually oppressed: those unable to bear up under the weight of sin.
Through His righteous life and atoning, sacrificial death, He won them spiritual riches, freedom, sight, and relief.