Scripture Luke 8:1-3
Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.
- ‘Soon afterward’ refers to Jesus’ feet being washed and his teaching about forgiveness and responding in gratitude
- The good news of the kingdom of God — this forgiveness? Suggested by the context (before and after)
- The women following him are named and and their statuses / social roles
- What is the difference (if any) between “proclaiming” and “bringing” the good news? Is one words, the other deeds? Is it merely repetition for emphasis?
I was reading some pieces on worship this week. The most prevalent thought was the truth that those who lead worship best prepare by being spiritually connected and grounded themselves. The technical stuff comes second.
I’m reminded of that today in reading the story of Jesus’ missionary journey. The people who followed were not wowed by his teaching alone or captivated by this character and charisma. They were people whose lives had been changed! The disciples had been called and left lives and work they knew. The women named here had been transformed, healed, and remade by Jesus’ power and ministry.
They came not just bringing good news in words (which they did) but in their very selves. “If Jesus can do this for me… if this Master can master what enslaves and limits me… he can do that same for you.”
What has Christ done for me lately that I can share? And I have continued to live into that freeing power and that kingdom reality so that I have something to share – even if not in words alone?
Lord Jesus, you didn’t just call – you changed. You didn’t just bring the words – you brought the reality and power of your kingdom. May I be as great a witness in my transformed life today as I am with words or even pious deeds. Amen.