Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Jesus confused people. I think it’s safe to say that. Everywhere He walked, He left behind Him people scratching their heads and wondering about this man that was the carpenter’s son.
He came preaching a message that was quite different from what people anticipated, even people who were well versed in the writings of the Old Testament prophets. He healed the sick even on Sabbath and He delivered people from the torment of Satan which served to demonstrate his message. His primary message was the kingdom of God being here and now and the things that he did were evidences of what the kingdom of God looked like.
He didn’t come to overthrow the Roman Empire or abolish taxes. He came to right what had been wronged in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had been given a kingdom to exercise authority upon and they chose instead to believe the lies of the serpent and rebel against the god who created them. Before we throw stones at them, we should ask ourselves if we have believed the lies of the devil. Have I believed that God is holding out on me, that His best is not enough for me, that I would rather do things my way then His?Have I believed that I am worthless, that I can never do anything good enough, that I am not worthy of love? Have I accepted the doctor’s diagnosis to the point of believing this condition is not curable, that I will never be well?
If so, then I hope we can look at what Jesus said and demonstrated about the kingdom he was setting aright. He healed the sick, he delivered people from satanic attacks and he preached a message of repentance and forgiveness. Why? Because simply overthrowing the Roman Empire might temporarily set captives free, but only Jesus could permanently set captives free.
Why would setting captives free matter so much to Jesus? Because it matters so much to our Father in heaven. Jesus came to do the will of His Father. Jesus came in love and because of love and all that He did demonstrated that love to a hurting and broken world.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to show us Your heart. What love You have demonstrated in making a way for us to be set free. When the thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, remind us of Your love for us. Whisper Your truth in our hearts so that we may be set free to love You in return. Let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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