He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. Luke 9:1-6

The disciples did not spend all their time with Jesus. In today’s verses we see that Jesus sent the twelve out to proclaim the kingdom of God. Jesus also gave them the power and the authority over demons and to cure diseases. He also instructed them to do this with only the clothes they wore. No money, bread, staff or extra clothes. They were to stay with the people in the towns they entered.

Today, especially in the USA we think we have to have all manner of things in order to get the Gospel message across. No church is complete without high definition video, a band or orchestra and high production value videos. Even one on one encounters are filled with books, videos and other media. It seems we cannot proclaim the Gospel without making a production out of it.

Yet today we see a group of twelve go out to various cities in Israel with nothing more than their words. Yes they had authority over demons and could heal but these were to show they were from God and the message they had to share should be listened to. The healings and casting out of demons were not for entertainment but used only to show their bona fides. The real goal was the message of hope that the messiah had come.

The Gospel does not need embellishment. The truth of the message is all we need. That truth can be shared one on one or in a group without the need for electronic amplification. It is a simple message. God loves each and every one of us. All God wants is to have a relationship with us. To enable this He sent His Son to live among us living a sinless life. He willingly went to a horrible death on a cross in order to make a payment none of us could make. He took our punishment and our sins on Himself and in doing so freed those how believe in Him to live eternally with God. He rose from the grave to show us how we too will be raised bodily. A simple message with no need for theatrics.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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4 Responses to He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God

  1. Yes I agree with you David, a lot of Churches are trying to compete with the worldly media, the bigger the better. I have been in Churches that are very much like a disco, flashing lights and beating drums, jumping up and down and shouting, Jesus is mentioned but everything else is highlighted more.

    God’s Truth stands alone, it needs no worldly adornment but this does not mean we can’t share with the creativity God has given us and use His gifts, we are all unique and need to appreciate each others uniqueness, thanking God for them, all good gifts come from Him and Music, Videos, Power points, animations, pictures etc when used to promote His Truth, can be powerful in changing lives, when they are received though the empowering of The Holy Spirit into open and willing hearts.

    Christian Love in Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne

  2. dwwork says:

    Anne, I grew up on rock music but I have been in churches where the bass was so intense I thought I was having a heart attack. The show seems to take over and Jesus gets left behind. Hope you are feeling better. David

  3. Thank you David for caring and for your prayers, I’m feeling very good, no more intense pain, I hope you too have fully recovered.

    Blessings – Anne

  4. dwwork says:

    Great news. I am doing much better. David

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