Life, Restoration & Freedom

Duane Vander Klok

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18-19

When Jesus read these words aloud in the synagogue, He was declaring all that the resurrection would bring to the children of God. When you accept Jesus into your life, you receive so much more than a way into heaven. Jesus came to bring you life, restoration, and freedom!

The resurrection was not only an event that happened two thousand years ago; it is an invitation into an eternity with God. It is a journey of redemption and newness of life. Resurrection power gets you into heaven, but it also gets heaven into you right now! This is the Easter message: that we do not need to live as we did before. You are redeemed and have access to the same power that raised Christ from the dead. The Friday message is redemption, but the Sunday message is victory!

Jesus was victorious over death, sin, guilt, and the devil, and He wants to be victorious in your life. That resurrection power can bring a dead marriage back to life, give provision to destroyed finances, and turn depression into joy. You may think that you can never get away from past sin or that it will keep creeping into your life. But the truth is that it was washed away when you accepted Jesus. God sees you as righteous, and He has great plans for you. And as you start to follow Jesus, your life will look different because you have access to that freedom and authority that He purchased on the cross. The same power that raised Him from the dead is in you, and it is for today!