When Jesus went into the temple to read the daily scripture, He chose to read from Isaiah the passage that states, “The Spirit of The Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, bind up the broken hearted, set the captives free, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Many of Jesus’ disciples who believed that he was the Messiah believed that He was going to overthrow the Romans who had conquered the Middle East and brought it under the rule of the Caesar. They took the line “set the captives free” to possibly mean the Jews that were roman prisoners, or the entire state of Israel, who was subjugated by Roman rule. As Jesus’ ministry unfolded, He continued to shed light on God’s plan for humanity.
The passage in Isaiah wasn’t referring to just the state of Israel or Roman occupation, but the entire human race enslaved by sin. The freedom Jesus was speaking of in John 8 was a freedom from sin. In this passage, Jesus highlights that truth, and knowing the truth shall set His followers free. As we as followers of Jesus understand and believe the truth of God, we are set free from sin and bondage. Just like Eve and the snake in the Garden of Eden, sin begins in a lie. When we believe a lie from the enemy of our soul, iniquity enters into our heart. This iniquity is realized through sinful actions. But the power of God shines truth into every area of our life. As truth is revealed to us, and a revelation of God’s truth takes hold, the lies of the enemy are destroyed. This releases us from the captivity of sin. Today, may every lie of the enemy be disintegrated by the Word of God, and may you walk in the freedom of God’s truth.