Monday, April 21, 2014

74. Jesus Preached the Kingdom of God

“When Jesus finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went off teaching and preaching in towns throughout the country.”  (Matthew 11:1, NLT)


Have you ever wondered what it was that Jesus taught and preached as He went about the countryside? If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, then you’ve heard a few people preach, teach and pray. Is what we hear today what He preached then because, as you well know, the Bible, as we know it in the New Testament, didn’t literally exist at the time. It was being performed so that it could be recorded and written down for us to know.


Matthew 4:17, says, “From then on, Jesus began to preach, ‘Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”  In verse 23, it says, “Jesus went about Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom.” (NLT)


All of the words of Jesus Christ were what He was preaching. He was consistent with His message. It was the same message that the Lord God had given John the Baptist, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.’ All of the healings, miracles and corollary events were illustrations to His teachings. He came to heal the sick spiritually, so He healed the sick in the natural. He came to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, so He healed the physically blind to sight. He came to set the captives free, to set at liberty those who were in bondage, so He freed people from their demonic spirits. He came to preach the day of the Lord that was the Kingdom of God appearing. (Luke 4:17-19)


Mark 1:14-15, says, “Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee to preach God’s Good News. ‘At last the time has come!’ he announced. ‘The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!’” (NLT) That was Jesus’ message; the Kingdom of God is the Good News. Whether he went to the countryside or into the synagogues, He went about preaching, healing and delivering folk from the bondage of imprisonment. He set people free from whatever had them bound. This is the awesome news of God’s grace! That is to be our message of grace today. The curse of sin was broken at the cross, so we can preach to set the captives free from whatever has them bound. Preach the Good News of the gospel of the Kingdom for the entrance is at the cross and His Life in the Kingdom is forevermore!

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