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Throughout the world, followers of Christ recently celebrated one of the greatest moments in human history: the birth of God the Son among men. All worship and glory unto Jesus, the Light of the World and our Savior!
His First Words
As we read about the true Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke, we go on to read of Jesus’ life. Though not much is revealed about His early life, it does record Jesus’ first words. Well, not the very first words a parent might expect a young child to say; but His first words that we were given to know.
And those important words are these: “Do you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)
Jesus was a boy of twelve at the time, and leaving childhood behind. The growing focus of His life was to be fully engaged in the affairs of His Heavenly Father. In other words, to be busy with and consumed by His Father’s message; and His willing desire to obey, serve and advance His Father’s mission and Kingdom to people everywhere and for all time.
His Words to Us
It does not take a gift of discernment to say that 2020 was a tumultuous, crisis-filled and life-altering year. Many want life to “get back to normal” in 2021. But I sense there is no going back, that life (especially in western nations) has radically changed. And likely, there are more and greater changes still to come.
So in what can seem like this dark of night, a supernaturally bright star again appears through the urgency of Jesus’ first recorded words: “I must be about my Father’s mission!” The choice of the word “must” allows no ambiguity or procrastination. Just as we are to follow Christ and become more like Him, so must we pursue the Father’s purposes and sovereign will!
His Word for 2021
The Lord spoke to us that 2021 is to be a Year of Release. This may mean different things to each one of us, and applied specifically in our unique circumstances.
But Jesus also, at the beginning of His ministry, spoke about release when He quoted from a Messianic passage from Isaiah: “…to proclaim release [liberty, freedom] to the captives” (Luke 4:18, NASB).
Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by both His words and actions on earth, and in His sacrificial death on the Cross which released humanity from the captivity of sin.
His Word, Our Command!
In 2021, as spiritual darkness and persecution attempt to overtake light and freedom, NOW IS THE TIME to be bold – to raise our voices and proclaim release and freedom to those bound in sin’s captivity!
The same Spirit that anointed Jesus, the same power that released miracles, the same words and authority that brought healing, salvation and deliverance from bondage – this is the same Spirit of God that lives within every believer in Jesus Christ!
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