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Jesus Healed Them

Jesus Healed Them

17 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 19; 1 Chronicles 7; Psalm 59; Matthew 4

Scripture:

23 From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. 24 Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. 25 More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the “Ten Towns” across the lake, others up from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan. (Matthew 4:23-25 MSG)

Following the news that John had been put in prison, Jesus returned to Galilee from Judea. He traveled from town to town in the region doing three things:
• Teaching in the synagogues – on the Sabbath.
• Preaching everywhere during the week – the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
• Healing people who had every kind of sickness and disease – practical help for needy people.

The crowds that came from as far as Syria and Judea and even east of the Jordan River came because he was healing people and setting them free from demonic oppression. When they came to be healed and helped, they heard the teaching and preaching.

Is this a pattern? We could perhaps translate that into the following for the church:
• Preaching and reaching out to pre-Christians – evangelism.
• Teaching and mentoring believers – making disciples.
• Meeting practical needs – using both supernatural gifts and practical help.

Matthew says that whether their problems were mental, emotional, or physical, Jesus healed them – healed them from the bad effects of their bad lives!

Prayer:

Father, I want to be part of a church whose ministry is doing all the things you did through Jesus’ ministry. I want to use my gifts and energy and resources to do what you’ve called me and gifted me to do, but I also want to be involved in a church – part of a team – that heals people of the bad effects of their bad lives! Help us to be that church! Amen!

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