Next Generation Thoughts

Some Good News For You

I remember my times at school when I was younger, when someone had the scoop on someone else and was about to spread it. You know what I mean; gossip. It was crazy. Watching that  information spread around the school like wildfire. Of course, spreading hurtful news like that is not good at all. But what happens when good news is spread about something? Or, someone? I think the same thing happens as well; people respond to it like fire hitting gasoline.

At the end of Matthew, chapter four, Jesus begins His ministry. He begins to teach, preach and heal throughout and "all over Galilee". We see in verse twenty-four that "news about him spread". What news was it? It was a "good news of the kingdom, and [that He was] healing every disease and sickness among people."

Think about this for a moment. Up until Jesus' birth, the Jewish nation had not really seen God work in the ways He used to. He was working still, but it seemed quiet for about four hundred years. Then, it happened. Just as the prophets of old said it would; the savior of the world was born. The One who would save people from their sins and bring them back into a right relationship with God the Father was finally here. 

Now fast forward to where we started with Jesus, the Savior who came to save us, and the beginning of His ministry. The news that was spreading about Him was bringing hope for all the people throughout the area. Not only that, notice what kind of people were coming to Him. It was "those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics." Basically, everyone who had issues. It truly lives up to what Jesus told the Pharisees when He was dining in Matthew's house, while sitting with the "tax collectors and sinners". Jesus says that "It is not those who are well who need a doctor but those who are sick." But it was so much more than physical ailments that needed attention. It was about our spiritual condition that was fractured because of sin. He came to set us free from the corruption and lies of sin, and bring us back into a relationship with The Father.

No matter where you are in life right now, whether life is high as the mountains or as low as the valleys, know this: Jesus came for you. How do I know this? I know this because of the last four words of Matthew 4:24. It says "And he [Jesus] healed them." He didn't turn them away when they came to Him or told them to come back another day. He healed them right then and there. He can and is willing to do the same for you today.



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