Read: Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:14-15
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. (Luke 4:15 ESV)
I can’t speak for you, but most of the time when I think about the life and ministry of Jesus I wind up dwelling on his miracles. There were so many, and they are awesome stories of the restorative nature of his redemptive love for mankind. If I’m not meditating on or studying about one of his many miracles I am usually thinking about the final moments of his ministry that led up to his torture and murder, or of course the act of his execution itself. Then there is always that intriguing time after his resurrection where he lived among his followers before eventually ascending into Heaven.
To be honest, I find myself spending the least amount of time dwelling on what may have very well been the aspect of Christ’s ministry that occupied the largest amount of his time. Jesus was first and foremost a traveling preacher. In today’s lingo, he was essentially a missionary. All of the awesome stories we read about his life and works exist within the context of a man who regularly traveled across very rugged terrain to share the redemption story of the Kingdom of Heaven.
He went from town to town speaking in their synagogues. If there wasn’t a nearby synagogue he looked for something else to speak from like a hill, or boat. Luke’s gospel captures this wonderfully. Luke the physician recorded more of Jesus’ words than any other gospel.
We live in an age when words seem to carry little weight sometimes. Actions are held to a higher level of credibility. Indeed Jesus’ incredible acts of mercy were miraculous displays of kindness. However, they were made even more impactful by the accompaniment of his message. He preached that God’s Kingdom had returned to man through mercy, grace, and repentance. He spoke and he acted on it. He didn’t do either alone. He preached repentance and then became the sacrifice to pave the way.