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Daily Reading – 29th July 2016


Matthew 4.23-25 cont.

23 And He went around the whole of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.

24 And the report about Him went out into the whole of Syria. They brought to Him all who were ill, those having different diseases and tormented with afflictions; those being possessed by demons, and being epileptics, and paralyzed, and He healed them.

25 And large crowds followed Him from Galilee and Decapolis, And Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Prior to a general election the political parties will set out a manifesto, which is a set of proposals that they set before the public of the things they will do if elected to govern the country. The manifesto contains promises of future action in an attempt to persuade people to vote for them.

In the Old Testament God set out His manifesto of what He would do through Jesus, and when Jesus came He fulfilled all the promises that God had made.

In Isaiah we see something of God’s manifesto:

[1] The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon Me, because the LORD has appointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to comfort the broken hearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

[2] He has sent Me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favour has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.

[3] To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory – Isaiah 61.1-3 (NLT).

When Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of Heaven, He did so with a demonstration of power that fulfilled the prophecy from Isaiah.

1 He proclaimed and taught the Good News of the Kingdom. The Church, the Body of Christ, possess the greatest news that exists, and it is all about the Kingdom of Heaven. We are the ones whom God entrusts to share the Good News that Jesus came to save sinners, and to bring to us eternal life and fellowship with the Father.

2 Jesus brought healing for every disease and sickness. This was good news, and it still is. We must constantly encourage one another to pray for people to be healed, in the home, on the streets, and anywhere else where we are confronted with diseases.

cont. tomorrow.


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