THE CALL OF FREEDOM (LUKE 4:18)
Life on the outside means you have to pursue your souls craving for freedom. Freedom is very important on the lives of the disciples and followers of Christ. As what Apostle Paul says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). This is an echo of what Christ had said why he came that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Martin Luther King Jr. saw an outside life of his fellow African-American brothers-judging the color of the skin and as the cliché we have heard over and over again “judging the outside appearance”. But he dreamed and helped his brothers and sisters to pursue and seek their own destinies, to experience the craving and longing of their soul and that is freedom - and to accept nothing less. Until this vision of life lived on the outside sent him to his, early, grave.
Jesus’ journey to free the prisoners leads him to confront people of different status. Ranging from Pharisees to notorious sinners of His time. This also leads to His early, but necessary, death, SO THAT YOU AND I COULD ENJOY THE FREEDOM. A FREEDOM THAT RISE ABOVE FROM THE INSIDE GOING OUT. A FREEDOM THAT ONLY LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE CAN PROVIDE.
LET US THEN PREACH GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR AND PROCLAIM FREEDOM FOR THE PRISONERS. AMEN
Thanks to Bryan C. Loritts' book 'God on Paper' by Water Brooks Publishing