Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
Who are the captives? When I read the word, “captives” I think of someone in a historical film who’s locked up in a dungeon, wearing torn clothes with hands and feet chained. Who are the captives today? Large numbers of young children who are sex slaves but also adults.
Human trafficking is a legal term for moving slaves around. We could call it kidnapping and rape slavery but we don’t. These poor humans are being held captive against their will and forced to do sick things.
Some of them are deceived into this Hell by being told they’ll get jobs or an education. Others are sold into slavery by their “loved ones”. Right now, parents are selling their flesh and blood with full knowledge of what will happen to them. Some are not even being sold for much money. Human trafficking is not just in far away places, it’s here in North America too. Perhaps WE passed by a captive sex slave on our way to work today.
Time to set your cappuccino down and feel uncomfortable. Jesus wants you and I to set the captives free!
How do WE set children free from Hell as slaves? What does Jesus want us to do? Obviously, we can’t all fly across the globe or break down a whore house like SWAT but WE are capable of doing something big.
WE can pray, fast and ask God to work miracles! WE can also sacrifice a few expensive meals in a restaurant, some bling, another flat screen TV and give that money to people with the resources to buy these children from those who own them. Usually, that’s how their rescued. Governments look the other way and even become clients so missionaries must rescue them with money to buy their freedom. How sick is that?
Jesus wants all the captives free!