1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases,
2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
3 He told them: "Take nothing for the journey -- no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.
4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.
5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them."
6 So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead,
8 others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.
9 But Herod said, "I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?" And he tried to see him.
A Different Kind of Power (9:1~6)
In today’s passage, Jesus gathers the twelve apostles and sends them out to proclaim God’s kingdom, giving them the power and authority to cure diseases and drive out demons. It is a preview of the ministry that will be entrusted to them after Christ’s ascension. Jesus’ instructions are very clear, detailed, and somewhat unusual—it almost seems like He is telling the disciples not to prepare for the journey! There is a sense of urgency in Jesus’ words, and He is teaching His disciples that when it comes to the work of God, God will provide all that is necessary for the news of His kingdom to reach the lost. When we obey God’s will, we are partnering with Him in His work, and He will equip, empower, and provide.
- How are you trusting God to provide what you need to carry out His work in your life? How has He provided for you in the past?
“Who Is This Man?” (9:7~9)
There is something distinctively different about Jesus—how He teaches, how He heals, how He loves—and everyone takes notice. There is authority in His teaching, compassion in His deeds, and power in His presence. The sick are healed, demons are cast out, hope fills hearts—in short, people’s lives are being transformed! The last prophet that had a similar impact was John the Baptist, whom Herod had killed. Herod is confused when he hears about Jesus, as he thought he had successfully extinguished the biggest threat to his power and glory. But the thing about God’s kingdom is that no earthly power can put a stop to what God has started. May the church continue His work today as the messengers of His truth.
- Christ came to give us new life. Are you alive in Christ? Do you share the Good News of eternal life with those around you?
A letter to God
Dear God, You have secured my salvation through Jesus Christ. May I live every day in Your freedom. Help me to be a speaker of truth and a compassionate agent of salvation, filled with the power of Your Spirit. Use me, Lord. I am Yours! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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