Jesus’ ministry began quickly and with power. As we see in the text, he has just came out of the 40 days in the wilderness. He walked along and gathered disciples along the way and immediately began doing miracles, preaching, teaching and healing those afflicted.
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.
Teaching the Kingdom
He didn’t just teach about the Torah but he taught how it applied to the Kingdom. Jesus didn’t come to do away with the Old Testament but to complete it. He taught how it applied to the Kingdom and how we as his followers could appropriate that Kingdom and walk it out. The principles we needed to live the life we were called to were given to us wrapped in the man named Jesus. Jesus spoke in parables but the mystery of the Kingdom was for us to know (Luke 8:10). Having the eyes of our understanding enlightened(Ephesians 1:18), we can know and understand what God’s Kingdom looks like, how we can operate and live in it now.
Healing the Afflicted
I didn’t put sick here for a reason. Jesus went about healing every one sick and diseased and people began to bring those to him that needed healing. He didn’t just heal the sick, if you read it, demoniacs are also mentioned. I know its a taboo subject but the reality is there is an entire world of spiritual things going on around us that most are unaware of. How many times in Jesus ministry did he cast out a demon and the person is declared healed. I’m not saying all sickness is caused by demons but it’s certainly worth looking at. His crucifixion was for us, not just for salvation but for us to be healed and live free lives. By His stripes we are healed. That was the power of the cross!
I can’t even count how many times people I have ministered to have had the roots of their sickness in emotional and spiritual wounds. Once those wounds are addressed the sickness and disease is gone. We all have those wounds, rejections, abuses, failures. It’s just part of life. Just don’t let them fester, and become worse. Healing is for the children of God because he loves us! Seek out his healing if you have those wounds. Maybe I’ll write about those ways that healing comes from God and how to obtain that.
Large Crowds Followed Him
Why do you suppose that is? Was it his dynamic preaching and hearing how to apply the word to their lives for the first time? Were they following him to see the miracles? I do believe that miracles will draw a crowd. Especially if the people are hurting or in need of what is going on with the miracles. Even if the source isn’t God, people will flock to it out of desperation and sometimes out of curiosity. We seem to be drawn to the supernatural as part of our human make up. People will go to a healing meeting because they need healing in their body or soul yet never go for prayer out of fear. This always breaks my heart. Are we desperate?
We often become desperate for God and His touch when life is throwing hard balls at us. When we have exhausted our own strength and understanding. But what if becoming desperate for God, for His presence, for His touch was our first response instead of the response we have after we have exhausted all other avenues. Like the last hail Mary of the game. When he wants to be our all, our first stop, our go to guy. My desire is to live my life where God is my first response to anything in my life, good or bad. Prayer has become second nature as I see something while I’m driving down the road, I just talk to God about it. Tragedy hits, my first response is to run to God. I miss it sometimes when I get side swiped by the devil but by far it is the first thing I do. Living in a constant state of “God, I’m desperate for you to be with me, to move, to live right in the center of your will!” What will it take for you to become desperate for God?