The Mission and Ministry of Jesus

What an awesome person Jesus was (and is)!!  I wish I had been alive when he was active in ministry!  But I can read about it in the Bible and marvel (and for that I am grateful).  I’m also grateful for the privilege of prayer – because of that we at least have a kind of “FaceTime” together daily.  One day though, I’ll have the opportunity to meet Him face to face and we’ll have a long conversation … I’m looking forward to it.

Back to the awesomeness of Jesus… I read this in the Bible this morning…

What Jesus did (imagine it…)

“Jesus went throughout all their cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.”

What Jesus saw and felt…

“When he saw the crowds He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Nothing has changed really, has it?  The “crowds” are still like that!  And Jesus?  He feels the same about the lostness and suffering of humanity!  

And the analysis of Jesus? 

He said, “The laborers are few; pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest! (And then in the very next verse … next chapter…) And He called to Him his disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to hear every disease and every affliction… These Jesus sent out…”  (Taken from Matthew 9:35 – 10:1 ESV)

What a Savior!  What a heart for people!!  I want to be like Him, don’t you?!  I want to heed Him, I want to obey Him!  I want to participate in His ongoing mission and ministry in our world today!

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