Let’s look at how Jesus did ministry.
The Mission Statement of Jesus (Luke 4:18)
[Luke 4:18 KJV] 18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
[Luke 4:18 NASB] 18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,
Immediately after announcing his mission (reading His mission statement), what did Jesus do? (from Luke 4)
1) He explained to the crowd in the synagogue (house of worship/church) that He would not do all the miracles in his hometown that He had done elsewhere (because no prophet is accepted in his own country) (also see Matt 13:54-58 and Mark 6:1-6)
2) He then walked away from His own execution without a scratch. (They were going to throw Him off a cliff yet He walked away, right through the middle of the crowd.)
3) He then went to another city (Capernaum) and taught them on the Sabbath days. (preached the gospel; part of His mission statement). (Vs 32) “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” Notice His word was with power. His word is just as powerful when we speak it today.
4) Next He cast demons out of a man in the Synagogue. In other words, he set a captive free and set free one who was oppressed (part of His mission statement).
-The people witnessing this said, “What a word is this! for with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
-“with a word…He commands” indicates that the spoken word was the method he used to cast out the demons (same for us today)
-the “authority” He used, He later transferred to us as his disciples (as Christ-followers we have this same authority today)
-He also used “power” to set the man free. The same power is available to us today; it is provided by the Holy Spirit. (Note: When Jesus became a man here on earth, He laid down HIs supernatural powers. His power to heal and to do miracles came when He was baptized in the Holy Spirit immediately following his baptism by John in the Jordan river).
5) After He left the synagogue, He went to Peter’s house and healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. This was an example of “setting the captives free” (part of His mission statement) as He set her free from the fever that was keeping her bedridden.
-the fever was caused by an evil spirit (we know this for two reasons: first, he rebuked it, and second it left her; both of these indicate He was dealing with an entity, not an organic illness).
-Immediately after she was free of the evil spirit, she began to minister to others. This indicates that evil spirits (a.k.a. unclean spirits, familiar spirits, devils, demons) can prevent us from serving others or ministering to others.
6) At the end of the day it says “all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many. This is an example of two things from His mission statement: “giving sight to the blind (physical healing); and “setting free the oppressed” (mental/psychological healing).
-in the same account in Matthew 4 it says
-(KJV- Matt 4:23-24) “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
-(NASB – Matt 4:23-24) “Jesus was going throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Hi all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demonics (those “demonized”, aka – “under the influence of a demon”), epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.”
THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ MINSTRY
-Jesus spent the last forty days before officially beginning his ministry in preparation by:
-getting baptized (have you done this?)
-being led by the Holy Spirit (are you doing this?)
-fasting and praying for 40 days (how often do you pray? do you fast?)
-being tempted by the devil and resisting him (I know you are tempted; do you resist him?)
-Angels ministered to him afterward.
-It is also interesting to note (Luke 4:13) that after tempting Jesus, the Devil left him UNTIL an opportune time. This is a common tactic of the enemy of our souls.
-returning to home region in the power of the Holy Spirit
-So to sum up Jesus first days on the job:
-He went to church, as he customarily did
-He read from God’s Word
-He announced his new ministry and outlined what it was going to be about
-Note: At this point (verse 22) the people are speaking well of Him and are enamored with His words.
-Before the crowd can even begin to criticize Him, Jesus tells them that He won’t get any honor from them. He goes on to tell them about how with both Elijah and Elisha, God chose to use Gentiles through which to show His miracles instead of using Jewish people (God’s chosen people). Since the Jews of that day viewed themselves as much superior to the Gentiles, this was especially irritating to the crowd in the synagogue.
-Note: In a matter of minutes (literally), the people have gone from thinking Jesus was amazing, to being full of rage against Him.
-He was driven out of town to a cliff where the crowd intended to throw him off the cliff to His death. Amazingly, He simply passed through the midst of the crowd and went on His way!
-He then headed to a nearby city (Capernaum, a city in Galilee. He was from Nazareth, also a city in Galilee) where He:
-taught God’s word with authority at the synagogue
-cast an unclean spirit out of a man in the synagogue (that’s right, in a church!)
-We see an interesting reaction to this from the people. Verses 36 & 37 say “And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, ‘What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.’ And the report about Him was spreading into everylocality in the surrounding district.” 1st – they were amazed; 2nd -they became curious about His message; 3rd – they recognized His authority and power to make unclean spirits (demons) obey. It is also interesting to note that nobody mentioned, or were bothered by the fact that there was a demonized man in their church… just sayin’.
-visited Simon Peter’s home
-healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever by casting out the demon that was causing the fever (notice He never laid hands on her, instead He “stood over her… and rebuked the fever… and it left her!)
-laid hands on the sick and healed them
-sent demons out of people
Not a bad start!