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Revelation for Liberation

Rev. Abraham Kuruvilla
Princeton Theological Seminary

19 "to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

One of the prominent features of India is the presence of fortune tellers. We find people going to a parrot or to the stars or to some god-men to find about their future. Sadly we have a lot of parrots in the Christian world who confuse and deceive people with their so called revelations.

In Israel there were prophets who used to say what the king and the people wanted to hear and God detested such practices (Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:27; Deut. 18:9-14). They were the false prophets. It is so striking that today also there are people who say what our ears are itching to hear.

It is amidst the existence of such tendencies that we should understand today’s portion. Jesus points to God’s revelation that is shaped in the struggles of everyday life. It is a revelation that is wrought in pain. It is the pain of the poor, the captive, the blind and the oppressed (Luke 4: 18). It is a revelation that requires our participation and dedication to the cause of the underprivileged.

Today, do we see prophets who self-proclaim their anointment, and in it they revel and exult all their life? Then contrast it with the life of Jesus. When Jesus self-proclaimed His anointment, it was a conscious decision to be involved with the lost and the least. He did not say what people wanted to hear.  Yes there was the message of love, of peace, of healing but at times He was blunt and straight forward and rebuked in the power of the Spirit. The Spirit of God anoints us to confront the false and reveal the truth. Involvement in the revelation of God does not just mean to achieve a spiritual high and to see and utter things unintelligible to others. Rather, it also means to enter the reality and lives of others and give them the peace of the Lord.

When Jesus said “today this scripture has been fulfilled…” many could not grasp the thought of Jesus being the anointed one. In Christmas we see the King been born like a pauper. He was the son of a carpenter in a remote section of an oppressed nation. He was God’s eternal revelation enfleshed in the finitude of human life. Let us reveal this Jesus to others.


The hunger of the poor has in it the pangs of outrage, the darkness of the blind has in it the pangs of silence, and the chains of the captive have in it the pangs of slavery. O Lord, help me to understand these pangs, so that in it I will be able to reveal the love and peace of God.


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