Commands of Christ: 38

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, drive out demons.

“Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.” Matthew 10:8a

 “Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it.”  Luke 10:8-9a

These commands were to specific groups of people at specific times, but seem to be somewhat typical of what Jesus’ followers continued to do in later years.  His instructions to the seventy in Matthew and to the twelve in Luke provide at least general patterns for us today as we go to new areas to announce the Kingdom of God.  These dramatic signs serve to demonstrate the activity of God among men.  They show the concern of God for the plight of men and the power of God to do something about it.  We are still to demonstrate these truths as we extend the Kingdom of God to every place and people group on earth where He is not known.