The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,  because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,   to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,  and release to the prisoners:
The word “anointed” means; “chosen, set apart for a particular task.”  God’s anointed Messiah was chosen to bring good news to the oppressed; bind up the broken hearted; proclaim liberty to the captives; to release the prisoners.  In our confession of sin we declare that, “we are in bondage to sin and death and cannot free ourselves.”   In Dicken’s story, “A Christmas Carol,” we see Marley weighed down with the chains of his own sinful life.  Marley tells Scrooge that Scrooge’s chain is much longer.  The slave, the one who is oppressed, the captive, the prisoner cannot free himself.  Freedom, the end of oppression, liberation can only be granted by some authority outside of ourselves.  Jesus Chris is the authority who has torn asunder our bonds of sin and death.  He has freed us from the oppression of the evil one and he has made us the sons and daughters of God once again.