I have seen literally hundreds of cards, email forwards, Facebook posts and the like that quote a passage in Luke that has deep meaning to us today.
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 4:18-21 (emphasis mine)
This is great news! In fact, this is the message of the gospel. Jesus had come to give us freedom, for we have all been prisoners to sin, blind to the eternal kingdom that awaits us and oppressed by the wickedness that haunts this world and our own hearts. This is the year of the Lord’s favor for us who believe!