The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 8 April 2019 – Holistic Preaching Of The Gospel
TOPIC: Holistic Preaching Of The Gospel
READ: Matthew 4:23-25 King James Version (KJV)
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
Jesus ministry drew a lot of people, not simply because He was Jesus but because His ministry was holistic. He went about Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases among the people (verse 23). Jesus was not only interested in the prosperity of their soul and spirit but also in the prosperity of their body (health). This was the character of Jesus’ ministry. We must also seek this kind of ministry if we must be relevant in this generation.
However, it is important to note the underlying motivation for Jesus healing of the people with diverse kinds of diseases and illnesses. He did not heal simply to show off His power but His actions were motivated by a heart of compassion and kindness towards the people. Healing power is not limited to Jesus alone; it is available to all believers as He promised in Mark 16:15-18.
Jesus brings complete salvation; believers in Him must also live and preach this full salvation. Is your preaching holistic? Are you saved? If yes, thank Him. If not pray and receive Him now.
Prayer: Father, revive Your Church to the preaching of a holistic gospel that brings complete salvation.