With that in mind, we can take a fresh look at what Jesus said and did during His time on earth. Let’s start with Luke 4, where we see the foundational message Jesus preached everywhere He went:
The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; to send forth delivered those who are oppressed—who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity; To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord—the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound (verses 18-19, The Amplified Bible).
Now remember, Jesus is still preaching that message today. So if you fall into any of the categories He listed there—if you’re blind, if you’re oppressed by sickness, if you’re depressed, in bondage to drugs or alcohol, or simply beaten down by the calamity of this world—Jesus is here to deliver you. Today is the day of your salvation! This is the day when the free favors of God profusely abound. Those favors haven’t abated. They’re still flowing today as freely as they were when Jesus first spoke those words.
If you want to see just how freely those divine favors flow, and how easy it is to obtain them, just read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and watch Jesus in action. Acts 10:38 says of Him, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
Jesus just went about doing good. He would simply go from one place to another blessing people and healing them and delivering them. It wasn’t hard to get Jesus to work miracles. It was easy! Look at one day in Jesus’ life, as recorded in Mark 1, and you can see that for yourself:
On the Sabbath day he (Jesus) entered into the synagogue, and taught….And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out…And Jesus rebuked him (the unclean spirit), saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this?…for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him (verses 21, 23, 25-27).
Notice what Jesus did there. He came across a man who needed a burden removed and a devil cast out of him, so He simply did it. He didn’t stop there, either. The Scripture tells us He went on that day “…into the house of Simon…But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her” (verses 29-31). Isn’t that something? The very next place He went, Jesus ran into another need. What did Jesus do about it? He took care of it! He ministered healing. But His day wasn’t over yet.
The next verses tell us that “at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils…” (verses 32-34).
I love to see Jesus with the eye of my heart, walking around, loving people and ministering to them. I love to see Him go about His day casting out devils, bringing healing and working miracles! What’s more, I love to think about the fact that Jesus still wants to spend His day that way. He’s still the same Jesus!
-this Same Jesus