The Works of Jesus Christ- part 1
Working for the Kingdom of God
Did you know that Jesus Christ came to earth to do the work His Father sent Him to do? And throughout the ministery of Jesus Christ, that is exactly what He did.
So what was the work that Jesus Christ was sent to do as He was instructed to do by God in heaven? Did Jesus ever describe the work He was instructed to do by God? Did Jesus ever explain to His followers exactly what the work was that He was to perform? Was His ministry the work? What exactly was His work.
The following verse explains that Jesus was sent by the Father to do His work in John 5:36 (NKJV) which state: 36 But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish- the very works that I do- bear witness of Me; that the Father sent Me.
This verse explains the works of Jesus would bear witness that God sent Him. So, when did His work begin? We assume that His ministry in itself was the work or at least the teachings during His ministry. One of first statement of Jesus Christ at the beginning of His ministry in found in Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) which states: 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say; " Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand."
In this verse it was made clear, from the very beginning of His ministry the most important subject of His teaching was stated first. The announement of the Kingdom of God is at hand. This would play an important role throughout the remaineder of His ministry. Every act and every teaching He would perform from that day forward would be related directly to the Kingdom of God.
In order to understand why God sent Jesus Christ to do His work we must understand the position Jesus Christ had during His ministry. First and formost Jesus Christ was the Son of God. And second, Jesus Christ was/is a King. This position He held came with power and authority. Power that would allow Him to perform great deeds far beyound those of mortal man. And Authority to speak on behalf of the Father in heaven. Authority to reveal the Kingdom of God to those who had the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Jesus Himself was the Kingdom of God on earth. All the power and authority Jesus carried would reveal the Kingdom of God, not just in His words but in His deeds as well. The work of Jesus would prove that the Kingdom of Heaven existed.
There was two forms of revealing the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ used. In other words Jesus Christ works came in two forms, Words and Deeds. The authority Jesus had to reveal the Kingdom of God through words (teachings). And the power to reveal the Kingdom of God through great deeds that far exceeded the abilities of mortal man (miracles).
In Matthew chapters 5 through 7 we find, what is referred to as, the Sermon of the Mount. Within these three chapters Jesus is speaking about the nature of the Kingdom of God. If we look at it closely we see the the Kingdom of heaven is mentioned 8 times during this sermon. This is one of the most important sermons relating directly to the Kingdom of God. As Jesus was teaching this sermon, His spoke as one having authority to do so. No one challenged or rebuked His sermon relating to the Kingdom of Heaven.
What followed next right after the Sermon on the Mount is a perfect example of works by deed in which Jesus performs a great act of works in Matthews 8. 1-3 which states: 1 When He had come down from the mountian, the great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leaper came and worshiped Him, saying, " Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." 3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying; "I am willing, be cleansed." Immedately his leaprosy was cleansed.
In this verse, which immedately follows the Sermon on the Mount, we see the work of healing by Jesus Christ. Why did Jesus heal this person with leaprosy? Why did Jesus do this without a secound thought. The answer is found in the Kingdom. God's Kingdom within Jesus would not allow this man to suffer a illness when the power of healing was within Jesus to heal this man.
How do we know that healing is closely related to the Kingdom of God? In a number of verse within the four gospels we have examples. One of the examples is in Matthew 10: 7-8 (NKJV) which states: 7 And as you go preach saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand; 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the leaper, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
In this example Jesus had given His disciples, power and authority that seems to be a normal process in the Kingdom of God. Although, in this case, it seemed to be for a limited time.
The manner in which Jesus spoke to His disciples to go out and do the great deeds of healing was a very normal command or instructions as far as Jesus was concerned. When Jesus performed healing, He never once referred to these great deeds of healing as miracles, but referred to them as works.
This leads me to the second part which will explains the difference between Works vs. Miracles in The works of Jesus Christ part 2.
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