Day 6

Born to Set Thy People Free Day 6

Isaiah 49:8-12, Luke 4:1-22, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 13:10-17, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Hebrews 4:14-16

BY Scarlet Hiltibidal

My daughters just started taking jiu-jitsu classes. They are simultaneously the most adorable and least ferocious fighters I’ve ever seen. They arrive at class with their white belts cinched and their hair tied up, and they pay attention with laser focus as their coach shows them how to escape bad guys and regain power over their potential oppressors. 

I’m fully invested in their jiu-jitsu, so I can tell you that this martial art is not about attacking but about possessing the skills and power to protect yourself. 

My seven-year-old may not look dangerous, but as she continues learning self-defense, she will gain a cool and humble skill set. She’ll possess power, but she won’t use it to punish. Hopefully, she’ll use it to defend and protect.

This time of year, we celebrate our God, who has all the power, but came to earth in the “likeness of humanity” (Philippians 2:7). He chose to serve rather than oppress. He used His infinite power to save His enemies. He came to set them—and us—free. 

“He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives 
and recovery of sight to the blind, 
to set free the oppressed.”
 —Luke 4:18

The prophet Isaiah said that Jesus would come to restore broken things, free captives, meet needs, protect, and guide. And then He came. And He humbled himself. 

I love that we serve this better-than-a-blackbelt God who is all-powerful, yet completely humble. I remember He arrived to suffer, serve, and live like us. I love that walking with Him and being changed by Him leads me to enjoy His great love even during “Junior Grapplers Jiu-Jitsu” classes. 

Let’s pray that our families will recognize and delight in the power of the His Spirit within us, and that we will use our new life in Him to love and live like Jesus did. 

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81 thoughts on "Born to Set Thy People Free Day 6"

  1. Jessi Nash says:


  2. Lauren Isaly says:

    Welcome, so happy to have you, and Merry Christmas!

  3. Alexandria Simmons says:


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  5. Jennifer Rose says:

    New here. This is really helping me understand the season and appreciate the coming .

  6. Chanda Large says:

    That is good I know my I needed that this morning

  7. Julie says:

    Jennifer, I am a teacher also. What a great analogy! Jesus “gets it”. He knows our struggles and temptations. He knows what grieves our hearts. He felt all of those things. I am in awe every day that he paid the price for our sins.

  8. Jennifer Prosser says:

    As a teacher, I can’t count the times I’ve been frustrated with decisions being made by people who have never been in a classroom. Over and over my colleagues and I have said “they have no idea what it is like!!” I’m sure that’s the case with most jobs. But my God!!! Not only does He know because he is all-knowing, but He knows because he came!! He got down in the dirt with us. He faced temptations, rejection, sorrow, hard times, busy times. He lived in the same world I live in with the same problems as I have. And He CHOSE to do that for me! I am so thankful to have a Savior who sees me, understands me, knows me, and loves me so much that he not only died for me, but he lived “in the trenches” for me.

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