Matt.9:35-38 – Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.
Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
This passage beautifully describes the ministry of Jesus. It says that He was teaching the word of God in the synagogues, preaching the gospel in public meetings, and healing the sick. This basically describing the role of a pastor or traveling minister in today’s world.
First, we see Jesus teaching the Bible in the synagogues. This is a picture of the importance of God’s people gathering regularly as a congregation for the teaching of the Word of God. More than basic instruction takes place when God’s Word is taught line upon line. There is supernatural guidance and instruction that happens as we soak in the power of the Word of God.
Secondly, Jesus proclaims the word of God often in a public setting. This would take place in people’s homes or even in open air meetings. Proclaim is the word kerrysso and means to herald or preach the good news. Preaching has a prophetic or supernatural edge to it. This is how the church started on the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and made a public proclamation. This was common during the Awakening of the 18th Century. George Whitefield popularized preaching in the open air beginning in England then moving over to the American colonies. Many thousands of colonials came to Christ and formed the foundation for the beginning of the United States.
Finally, we see the role of healing in the ministry of Jesus. Every page of the gospels resonates with God’s healing power. Signs and wonders were a huge part of the ministry of Jesus and the founding of Christianity. Often Jesus healed people with the touch of His hand or the authority of His spoken word. There were also several occasions where people would touch His garment and they would be healed. It is impossible to separate healing from the ministry of Jesus.
Our present generation is in need of a display of God’s signs and wonders. Maybe we should do what Jesus did; teach the word consistently, proclaim the gospel publicly, and pray for the sick with expectancy. Maybe, just maybe its time for a move of God.