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And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. (Matthew 4:23)
What did Jesus come to earth to do? Just posing the question reminds us of Jesus’ uniqueness. We don’t have a choice about whether or not we will be born; he did. So why did he choose to become a real, flesh-and-blood human being?
The New Testament offers several reasons. Most importantly, he came to save us—“to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). But he also came “to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
The four Gospels focus on the climactic events of Jesus’ passion. But before that they offer many details of Jesus’ public ministry, the three years he spent in preaching, teaching, storytelling, healing, and deliverance. Matthew 4:23 and 9:35 are a set of brackets that frame a beautiful picture of the sorts of things Jesus came to do, and which he expects us to continue doing as his ongoing representatives in the world.
Rev. Dave Bast is the retired President and Broadcast Minister of Words of Hope.
I pray that as you read, you will b inspired to take part in Jesus’ ongoing work in the world.
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