When one considers the magnitude of Jesus’ task, and then considers the intent and intensity of the enemy, it is amazing that He always had time to heal and to listen. Jesus had just been thrown out of His hometown. But he knew His mission eclipsed the rejection. So, Jesus began traveling town to town. When He arrived , He would heal the sick, cast out demons and preach God’s truth with authority. He never had toapologize. He knew these people–they were His creation.
What is more, they lived in fear of God–not reverence, but fear. Their leaders were making neat but impossible checklists for them to be “Good Enough” for God. Jesus came to speak the truth–God was simply not about checklists. The Father loved HIs people. God missed them and the fellowship with them. He wanted to have individual and personal relationships with them. Now, in the days ahead, Jesus would teach as many as would listen the truth about this God they claimed to follow. His disciples would watch and learn that all they thought they knew about a sovereign and distant God was simply wrong. Their God would sacrifice like none other to restore what the enemy had taken.
So, Jesus preached, healed, and showed the world what the Father truly wanted for us. Never easy, never without opposition. That never bothered the Lord–that is what he signed up for. He was focused on loving, healing, and restoring God’s place in men’s hearts! We get to enjoy that personal relationship and eternal commitment all these generations later.
Our Lord loves us with the same intensity he had as he sent Christ to earth. He wants us to know His personal commitment to us. We simply ask Him to come into our lives and then trust the Almighty Father to complete that for which He sacrificed so much. It was never intended to be complex. It was always intended to be easily found and offered with Love for anyone who would trust Him.
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And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha![b] What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Jesus Heals Many
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.
Jesus Preaches in Synagogues
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.[c]