In Luke 4, following His trial in the desert, Jesus returns to His hometown of Nazareth. While He is home, Jesus attends the weekly synagogue service, something it seems He did on a regular basis. As such, He is asked to read from that week’s assigned text and provide a teaching on the meaning of the text. In the text for his sermon, Jesus links Isaiah 61:1-2 with Isaiah 58:6. Together these passages herald the coming of the Messiah, the one who will “bring good news to the poor.” The poor in Luke’s Gospel are not only those who are poor financially but also those who poor in spirit. Jesus says that He will overturn the social status of the poor and redefine the term as a cultural term rather than an economic term. The Messiah will not only “bring good news to the poor,” He will also “proclaim release to the captives.” Later, in Luke 5:20, Jesus heals a paralyzed man by proclaiming that the man’s sins have been forgiven. The Greek word from which we get “forgive” can also mean “release.” Therefore, Jesus literally released this man from his sins! When He came “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,” Jesus came to proclaim a message of forgiveness and release from sin.