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,