The Gospel of Matthew: Teaching, Proclaiming and Healing. Part 2.

23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” (Matthew 4:23 ESV)

Jesus’ initial ministry occurred within the Galilean area of Palestine. He began preaching the kingdom of heaven in Galilee of the Gentiles (Matt. 4:12-17). During this time, Jesus was not only traveling throughout Galilee, but He was also involved in three particular ministries: teaching, proclaiming and healing. An examination of each is appropriate. Today, we examine Jesus preaching and healing ministry.

“In today’s passage, Matthew summarizes Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee, an area encompassing 2,800 square miles. Covering this region is no small under-taking, because Jesus, if He moves rapidly and visits two cities a day, will need more than three months to visit every town and village,” states Dr. R. C. Sproul.

Matthew records that Jesus was teaching in the Galilean synagogues. Teaching (διδάσκω; didasko) refers to providing instruction (Matt. 11:1; Luke 11:1; Rom. 2:21; Col.1:28; 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:12; 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:2; Heb. 5:12; 1 John 2:27). This instruction would have been from God’s Word (Luke 4:16-30). Jesus’ teaching took place in synagogues.

Jesus’ second area of ministry was proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. The word proclaiming (κηρύσσω; kerysso) is a present active participle. It means to announce, to tell and to preach. What Jesus proclaimed was the gospel (εὐαγγέλιον; euangelion) or the good news of the kingdom. Kingdom (βασιλεία; basileia) refers to God’s sole rule and reign in the hearts and lives of His justified, redeemed, reconciled and adopted children who are in Christ by grace alone through God given faith alone.

The third area of Jesus’ ministry was healing every disease and every affliction among the people. Healing (θεραπεύω; therapeuo) is also a present active participle. Jesus served people, and displayed His sovereign authority over sickness and death, by healing people. He healed individuals of all kinds of sickness and disease.

“Rabbis taught a few disciples and the men of Qumran withdrew into the desert, with a handle of the pure. But Jesus waded into the masses. Further, He healed all kinds of diseases. He ministered in all settings. He taught in synagogues and gave sustained instruction to the interested. He also proclaimed the gospel of kingdom. That is, He gave public addressed to the masses,” explains commentator Daniel M. Doriani.  

“If the preaching of the Gospel was central to the ministry of Jesus, we dare not suffer under the delusion that we are being faithful to His example if we fail to preach the Gospel today,” concludes Dr. Sproul.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Soli deo Gloria!

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