Proclaiming the kingdom of God

While we’re alive in this life, Jesus has a job for us. It’s to “go and proclaim the kingdom of God,” Luke 9:60. How? Through the power Jesus gives us to heal people. Wherever Jesus went people were healed, and he gave the same power to his disciples, to prove to people that “The kingdom of God is near you,” Luke 10:9. People would know the kingdom was real because its presence could be felt. How? Through healing.

What kind of healing? Luke 4:18-19 – “Preaching good news to the poor, freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, release for the oppressed and  proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favour.” Jesus came to tell us that God was now deeply and personally involved in reversing all the damage in people’s lives caused by the devil. Proclaiming the kingdom meant healing people in every way. “When God raised up his servant (Jesus),” Acts 3:26, “he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.” God sent Jesus and Jesus now sends us to heal people in every way possible. The restoration of every human being has begun.

We can be assured then, that wherever we go, Jesus is giving us the power to heal, because that’s what he made us his disciples for. We make the kingdom of God near and real to people through clear and obvious healing. In what form that healing happens is deeply personal to each human being, but anyone looking to God for healing will be healed. It’s a promise, stated outright in James 5:15 – “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.”

Is that restricted to physical illnesses only? No, it gets right to the heart and core of all sickness – physical, mental, social, emotional or spiritual – because healing from God includes forgiveness of every sin, turning us from the error of all our ways, saving us from spiritual death, and reversing the effect of a multitude of sins, verses 15 and 20.

It’s God’s goal “that you may be healed,” verse 16 – healed in every way, that is, because healing in every way is what God sent Jesus for, and healing in every way is what Jesus now sends us for. This is the year of the Lord’s favour, the era of healing, as God now sets about the “times of refreshing,” Acts 3:19, “until the time comes for God to resiore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets,” verse 21.

And the proof that God truly is restoring everything? Through the healing and restoration of people’s lives now, proving God’s kingdom is near and real.

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