In Luke 4 when Jesus said he fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, he had just come from 40 days in the desert. Overcoming the temptations he faced in the desert that targeted his identity, authority and knowledge of the goodness of God, created the launch pad for his public ministry and qualified him to proclaim freedom for others.
We face these same battles but we can claim our freedom through Jesus and when we do, we carry the same anointing and can then free others.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
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 favour.”
20 Then 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. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”