The Message Bible and the end of this verse says, “This is the time to act”.
BRING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR
They are the economically disinherited. Some are rich in things but poor in soul (the western world). Some are rich in soul but poor in things (the 2/3 rd world). There are two classes of people who think about money. Those who have much and those who have too little. We must address the issues of poverty both in soul and finance.
RELEASE THE CAPTIVES
These are the socially and politically disinherited. These are those who are exploited because of race, class, social standing and lack of education. “Wealth is like manure in a pile it stinks but when distributed it fertilizes!”
RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND
The healing message is an integral part of the coming Kingdom. At times, He cures and at other times he uses it. General Booth said, “ I served when I was could see I will serve Him now that I am blind” Story of Joni. (tell other stories if time to expand this theme)
THE OPPRESSED GO FREE
One translation puts it “to strengthen with forgiveness them that are bruised” he who the son sets free is free John 8:36
PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR
Gods favour is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce “This is God’s year to act!”