23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
It is truly wonderful to think of our Savior in the light of this passage. During His earthly ministry Jesus was busy with people. He taught them, He preached to them, and He healed them. Imagine the throngs of people who came to Christ for hope with broken and sickened bodies and He healed them all. There is not one record of Jesus ignoring someone who came to Him, even when the crowd pushed someone aside, Jesus would know and heal them. No one was in the margin for Jesus, all who were made in God’s image were worthy of His care.
Let me take a quantum leap today. When we come to God for salvation He saves us through the blood of Christ. Then we receive, by grace, the Holy Spirit of God to live within us. The Holy Spirit brings the person of God to live in us with all of His power. I don’t think we understand this. No, we do not become divine healers nor do we suddenly become eloquent preachers and teachers. We do gain the compassion of Christ, the love God, and the power of God. We learn that we can pray and God will hear and answer according to His will. We have the Holy Spirit of Christ in us.
How often do we sense someone’s need because the Holy Spirit brings that need to our attention? How often do we say a kind word or give a gospel witness when the Holy Spirit leads us? Jesus said that we would do greater things than He did. Have you ever, in the power of God, led a soul to Jesus Christ? If so, then you did more than Jesus did for Jesus healed human frailties but you gave someone eternal hope. We have the Spirit of Christ in us. How does His indwelling Spirit make your life different? This is far more than just putting off sin and putting on righteousness, the indwelling Holy Spirit of God enables us be disciples of Christ putting His truth in us and enabling us to submit to God’s word. Are you filled with the Holy Spirit of Christ? What actions and attitudes of the Savior do you now have?
We are getting ready for Sunday, I pray that you are too. I will be speaking from 1 John 1:5-7 looking at the reality that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. This is another important message for us who live in a darkened world and have been influenced by its darkness far more than we realize. God would have us to walk in His light as we walk away from the darkness we used to live in. In the adult Sunday school I will be still looking at chapter 1 studying the indwelling Holy Spirit in the healthy disciple.
Pray for Dasha as she has sinus surgery today. Pray for Peggy’s foot to continue to heal.
Sunday night at 6:00 at Moody Church there is a praise and prayer service that you would enjoy. It is short notice but if you can make it you will be blessed.
Have a great day in the Lord,