Ministry and Miracles of Jesus
Matthew 4:23-25, 5:1-12
Jesus used words, illustrations and parables to teach his disciples. He then backed up what he taught with miracles, signs and wonders. He showed his authority over death, sin, disease, demons, and in nature and the natural elements of the wind, waves and the sea with power. He showed love and compassion to the multitude when he healed them from all manner of sickness and disease and as he fed over 5,000 women and children with just 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish given by a young lad.
In Matthew chapter 5:1-12, which we reference as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus left the multitude and went up to a mountain where his disciples came to him. He began to teach them the Beatitudes, saying, "Blessed are ye" and showed them that their attitude as believers should be that they should be happy and content during their spiritual walk because they were doing and obeying God’s commands and not that they are only happy when things were going their way. These same lessons hold true for us today.
Jesus was a master teacher. He told them that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. As the salt of the earth, we should enhance and preserve our relationships and our daily interactions with people. As the light of the world, we should reflect Jesus and his love to others so that they may see us and then in turn, look towards our Father in heaven.
Jesus taught them about offenses and how they should first leave their gift at the altar and then should reconcile with their brother. He gave instruction on marriage. He taught them to "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and to pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
Jesus taught on prayer. He taught that when we pray, we should pray in secret and that our Father will reward us openly. He taught that we should not pray in vain repetitions, as the heathen do, but in the following manner: "Our father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen". (Matthew 6:9-13).
In the 6th and 7th chapters of St. Matthew, Jesus taught on forgiveness, on fasting, and against worry, anxiety, and trusting in riches. Jesus said, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
We live in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1), but God has not changed (Malachi 3:6). He still has all authority and all power. He still shows love and compassion to those in need. His Spirit is moving through the church and anointed ministry to reach, teach, and change lives. Jesus came to "seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Unfortunately, people fill their life with things and the pleasures of this world to try to satisfy the longing and the emptiness that they have in their heart and soul. They may try alcohol, or drugs, and could fall prey to lust, wickedness, and ungodliness.
I would invite you to try Jesus today!! I promise that you will not be disappointed!
God bless you,
Pastor Michael E. Clem II
*All Scriptural references are taken from the King James Version (KJV).