“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”Luke 9:2
At this point, Jesus had been serving the people in the region of Galilee for about two years. During this time, He had called the twelve disciples to follow Him. As they journeyed with the Lord Jesus, He was preparing them to go out and do as He has done. The Lord Jesus the Christ is always our example!
The disciples did go out without Jesus physically by their side. They were not left alone though, the Bible tells us they went out in power and authority. Power was given to accomplish the task, and authority was the right to do it. That power and authority were given to them by the Lord Jesus.
In Matthew 9:8, we see something interesting. We see this same power and authority given. However, this verse tells us that the people marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. So which is it, Jesus or God that gives this power and authority? It is both for they are one and the same! Jesus is God incarnate!
In those days, the disciples were given these abilities so that they could preach the kingdom of God first, then came healing. It is always in that order. These signs were done to authenticate their ministry at that time. Today, we “test the spirits” against the written Word and do not look for signs because Satan can also perform signs and wonders (Matt. 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15).
When we accept Jesus into our hearts and confess with our mouths, then we shall be saved. He places a new heart within us and revives our spirit. That should launch us into proclaiming to others what He has done for us. Have you told anyone lately how Christ has changed your life? Has He changed your life?
“We should be interested in the needs of society, and we cannot ignore them. But we must not make the mistake of making the social work the mission of the church. It is incidental to the mission of the church of preaching the kingdom of God. That’s the mission.”Chuck Smith