Monday, September 09, 2013

go do the same

Luke 4:38–44 (ESV) 

4.38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. 

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

  • Interesting prayer selection by Jesus - He rebukes the fever. He spoke to the condition and it left. He spoke to it with authority.
  • People who were free to go do anything made the effort to come to Jesus for healing.
  • Although those that needed healing were still coming, Jesus leaves. His purpose wasn't to stay and heal all.
Luke 8:1–2 (ESV)

8.1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,

Luke 9:2, 11 (ESV)

9.2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 

Luke 10:1, 9 (ESV)

10.1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

  • Jesus, the word worker, proclaimed the Kingdom of God and then demonstrated the Kingdom of God through healing and deliverance. In Mt 11 he simply told John's disciples who wanted to know if He was that the Messiah to, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor..." These miracles more than validate Jesus' message. This is the Kingdom.
  • Demonstration and proclamation of the Kingdom is not limited to Jesus. He expects His disciples to go out and to the same in His authority.

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