“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Before purchasing my car many years ago my daughter and I would ride the bus. We would take two to three buses daily just to reach our destination. I would drop her off at school and then head to work. This was our weekly routine for a few years. Our mornings started at about 4:30am. Get up, get ready, cook breakfast, eat breakfast, pack lunches, have family worship and head out the door exactly at 5:50am to catch the first bus. The bus stop was located on the main street just a few feet to the left of the side street where I lived. The walk to the bus stop was a little less then a half of mile up the hill. One day we were walking to the bus stop; I honestly can’t recall if we were late or on time, and I heard what sounded like a bus. I couldn’t see anything since I had not made it yet to the top of the hill. I begin to walk just a little faster but not too fast since my daughter was only about 5 or 6 years old.
After standing at the bus stop for about two minutes I could see the bus driving up the street towards the stop but it was on the opposite side of the street. This was unusual especially since the bus always approached the stop coming from the left of the bus stop and not the right of the bus stop. My daughter and I continued to watch as the bus driver made a left turn onto the side street that we had just walked up. He opened the doors and motioned for us to get on.
What favor we received that day. The next bus wasn’t scheduled to arrive for another 30 minutes. Had he not turned around we would have been about an hour late. Catching that first bus was important in order to connect on time to the second bus. I was elated that he turned around. I had been riding the bus for many years up until that point and never witnessed a bus driver turning their bus around. Some bus drivers won’t even stop when they see people running after the bus.
Today’s text is about the favor that God granted us. He sent His son into the world to release captives, give sight to the blind and free the oppressed. This is favor because he didn’t have to do this. Just like the bus driver didn’t have to turn around. God knew that we needed Him in a world of injustice, corruption and destruction. He could see the oppression that caused depression in communities, workplaces, and families. Although God has granted us this favor of being set free not everyone has accepted this favor and not everyone knows about His favor. Some are still blind and some are still held captive. What will it take to bring others to recognize the favor of God? It will take us. Praise God for His favor! Now, go tell someone else about His favor. #LivingTheLife