Jesus’ Manifesto

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Luke 4:16-21

This is the story of the opening of Jesus' public ministry. It is Jesus speaking about the Messianic mission. He is in the synagogue on the sabbath. He picks up the scroll of the Old Testament and precisely picks up the portion in Isaiah where we have the prophecy of the Messiah and and his ministry. This is not a random passage but a deliberate choice to let the people know the defining nature of his mission. His manifesto about the Kingdom of God. What he has come to do on earth and how he is going to change history and bring about the salvation history of God among the peoples of the world.

Jesus Manifesto' has profound relevance to the many issues in the world today especially the issue of Caste oppression and slavery and the Dalit cry for freedom.