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SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL HEALING

January 12, 2016

Tuesday

 

Matthew 10:1

 

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

 

 

LESSON

 

This is Matthew’s first reference to Jesus’ 12 disciples, though here he implied their previous identity as a group. He “summoned” these men as a king commands his subjects. He who had all “authority” now delegated some of it to this select group of disciples.

If Israel had accepted Jesus, these 12 disciples probably would have become Israel’s leaders in the messianic kingdom. As it turned out, they became leaders of the church. Until now, there is no evidence that Jesus’ disciples could cast out demons and heal the sick. This was new power He delegated to them for the mission on which He would shortly send them. This ability is a clear demonstration of Jesus’ unique greatness.

Do we appreciate the significance of the “supreme sacrifice” these men made? Their willingness to suffer and die strengthens the credibility of their testimony. And what is that testimony?   That Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grave! They were not motivated by money or power; they were compelled by events they could never deny having seen and heard!

Through the twelve apostles”, we see the power of faith in Christ, transforming judgmental disciples into apostles of love, political enemies into beloved brethren! And cowards who denied Jesus into confessors who died for Him.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 147:3

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