Matthew chapter 4 v 23 says: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
When Jesus Christ was on earth, He preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23; 9:35; Mark 1:14-15). However, something foundational happened before He began preaching the gospel and performing the various miracles that showed He was from God. Something essential happened before He could preach and perform works as a man. We can find what this was in John 10:36-38:
. . . do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.
The key element appears in verse 36. Jesus says that He was sanctified before He was sent into the world. He was set apart in order to do all that He did, and that certainly includes the preaching of the gospel. His three-and-a-half-year ministry was the result of the sanctifying done by the Father.
The gospel accounts are overflowing with statements by Christ that show that all of His words and actions had their source in the Father. His preaching of the gospel is no exception. The content of His message and the power to proclaim it both came from the Father.
John the Baptist demonstrates this same principle when saying, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27).
All of these statements set the stage for understanding Christ’s preaching.
Now here is the thing. It seems to me that this hits right at the problem we have today. Jesus knew this and the Bible makes this clear. So what do I mean? Well I mean folk want the trappings of Christianity, enjoy the comfort of church life, find pleasure in the church events and social side and even tell others about what they’re up to, but POWER seems to be lost in the lives of so many. Why is that?
It is a problem I see in this century and started in earnest last century it seems… but the Bible has the answer.
The reason is that the gospel is not preached through human effort or human will and human effort and will is not where LIFE POWER comes from either. The Gospel is proclaimed through, and POWER comes from submission to God’s leadership and it is this submission that has been pushed aside in 2017. Jesus is not LORD of a person’s life. If submission to God is absent, the works that God desires will not be produced. If men go outside God’s will—however well-intentioned they may be—their words, to borrow from Shakespeare, may as well be the proverbial “tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
So I am thinking about my Christian walk – am I set aside in submission to God? Have I thrown out the reading of the Bible and setting time aside for prayer. Have I ?
I am sure my work colleagues could tell me!!!