MEETING NEEDS WITH THE GOSPEL
…And people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon possessed…and he healed them. Matthew 4:24, NIV
Day in day out, we hear of people who are suffering. In our neighborhoods, work places, and in other places where we meet people, we face the reality of unending human needs. Our resources are limited and we are often frustrated as to how much we can do. What we fail to realise however is that the gospel has all it takes to meet varying human needs. Jesus demonstrated this in the neighbourhood of Galilee. Today’s text records how Jesus moved round Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel and healing all manner of diseases. As a result, His fame spread throughout and many others brought their sick to be healed by Him. The natural response is that a great multitude followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and beyond Jordan.
The gospel has the power to provide answers to the enormous problems plaguing our world today. Just like Jesus did, today’s believers should also seek opportunities to meet the varying human needs with the power of the gospel. By meeting people’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we prove that the gospel is not some abstract concept and that the God of the Bible feels the pain that people pass through and He is willing to bear their burdens as they come to Him in salvation.
• Birthday Blessing: “Thou shall also be a crown of glory in the hands of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God” Isaiah 62: 3.
RBT Passage: 1 Samuel 25-27
The gospel is God’s provision for all human needs. –XB