December 11, 2017 – Matthew 4:24

And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

– Matthew 4:24

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

After the Lord Jesus was baptized, he began to spread the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, preached and worked throughout everywhere, healed the people and drove out their demons. Many people came from all places to follow the Lord Jesus. From the scripture, we also see the exertion of God’s power and authority, and see the way in which the incarnate God works. Some people feel puzzled: why did the Lord Jesus start working after He was baptized? Why was it necessary for Him to undergo a process of growth? This requires us to know the truth of the incarnation. God’s words say, “His incarnate life and work can be divided into two stages. First is the life He lives before performing His ministry. He lives in an ordinary human family, in utterly normal humanity, obeying the normal morals and laws of human life, with normal human needs (food, clothing, shelter, sleep), normal human weaknesses, and normal human emotions. In other words, during this first stage He lives in non-divine, completely normal humanity, engaging in all the normal human activities. The second stage is the life He lives after beginning to perform His ministry. He still dwells in the ordinary humanity with a normal human shell, showing no outward sign of the supernatural. Yet He lives purely for the sake of His ministry, and during this time His normal humanity exists entirely in service of the normal work of His divinity; for by then His normal humanity has matured to the point of 0being able to perform His ministry. So the second stage of His life is to perform His ministry in His normal humanity, is a life both of normal humanity and of complete divinity. The reason that, during the first stage of His life, He lives in completely ordinary humanity is that His humanity is not yet equal to the entirety of the divine work, is not yet mature; only after His humanity grows mature, becomes capable of shouldering His ministry, can He set about performing His ministry. Since He, as flesh, needs to grow and mature, the first stage of His life is that of normal humanity, while in the second stage, because His humanity is capable of undertaking His work and performing His ministry, the life the incarnate God lives during His ministry is one of both humanity and complete divinity. If from the moment of His birth the incarnate God began His ministry in earnest, performing supernatural signs and wonders, then He would have no corporeal essence. Therefore, His humanity exists for the sake of His corporeal essence; there can be no flesh without humanity, and a person without humanity is not a human being. In this way, the humanity of God’s flesh is an intrinsic property of God’s incarnate flesh”. From the God’s words, we can see that, since God becomes flesh,working among human, His outward appearance is just like the ordinary people. He has a normal process of growth. After His humanity become mature that He begins to perform His ministry. There is nothing supernatural about Him. If the Lord Jesus worked miracles and preached when He was born, it would be supernatural and too difficult for people to accept. Therefore, the way of Lord Jesus’s work is the best way for people at that time to receive the Gospel of God and know God. Those who were truly seeking the truth could get the truth from God through the preaching of the Lord Jesus. But it was because the ordinary and normal appearance of the Lord Jesus was not in line with people’s notions, the scribes and Pharisees wantonly convicted, blasphemed and slandered the Lord Jesus. Finally, they crucified the Lord Jesus. It can be seen that it is very important to know the truth of the incarnation. If we do not know the way of God’s work, we will still speculate God’s work by our own imagination. It is easy to follow the mistakes of the scribes and Pharisees, interrupt and disturb God’s work.

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