What Jesus Did! 'Preaching and Healing' — Luke 9:6

Monday, June 1, 2015

So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere.
— Luke 9:6
Illustration of Luke 9:6 — So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere.

Key Thought

Like Jesus' preaching, the preaching of the Gospel by the twelve involved an effort to reach both heart and body. I believe we must take away two important understandings from this. First, we are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and serve others as the Body of Christ. Together, as we all use our gifts, we are to be the presence of Christ to the world. Second, authentic outreach involves both the message of Christ and also the compassion of Christ. One without the other is lacking and is less than the presence of Jesus to the broken of our world.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, please give us, your people, the courage and the conviction to preach and to serve the human needs of those around us. God, I confess that doing both preaching and serving seems so hard for us, so use me as a person in whom this kind of authentic ministry is both active and effective. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus called the twelve apostles together. He gave the apostles power to heal sicknesses and power to force demons out of people. Jesus sent the apostles to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick. He said to the apostles, "When you travel, don't take a walking stick. Also, don't carry a bag, food, or money. Take for your trip only the clothes you are wearing. When you go into a house, stay there until it is time to leave. If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the town and shake their dust off of your feet. This will be a warning to them." So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere. Governor Herod heard about all these things that were happening. He was confused because some people said, "John the Baptizer is risen from death." Other people said, "Elijah has come to us." And some other people said, "One of the prophets from long ago has risen from death." Herod said, "I cut off John's head. So who is this man I hear these things about?" Herod continued trying to see Jesus.

Luke 9:1-9

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus went everywhere in the country of Galilee. Jesus taught in the synagogues and told the Good News about the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus healed all the people's diseases and sicknesses. The news about Jesus spread all over Syria. And people brought all the sick people to Jesus. These sick people were suffering from different kinds of diseases and pain. Some people were suffering with very bad pain, some people had demons inside them, some people were epileptics, and some people were paralyzed (crippled). Jesus healed all these people. Many, many people followed Jesus. These people were from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, Judea, and the area across the Jordan River.

Matthew 4:23-25

But the news about Jesus spread more and more. Many people came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their sicknesses.

Luke 5:15

And that same Christ gave gifts to people—he made some people to be apostles, some people to be prophets, some people to go and tell the Good News, and some people to have the work of caring for and teaching God's people. Christ gave those gifts to prepare God's holy people for the work of serving. He gave those gifts to make the body of Christ stronger. {This work must continue} until we are all joined together in the same faith and in the same knowledge about the Son of God. We must become like a mature (perfect) person—we must grow until we become like Christ and have all his perfection. Then we will not still be babies. We will not be people who change like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced (changed) by every new teaching we hear from people who try to fool us. Those people make plans and try any kind of trick to fool people into following the wrong way. No! We will speak the truth with love. We will grow to be like Christ in every way. Christ is the head {and we are the body}. The whole body depends on Christ. And all the parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part of the body does its own work. And this makes the whole body grow and be strong with love.

Ephesians 4:11-16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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