“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” – Luke 24:25-27
LIGHT FOR NOW: The focus of the people in the Four Gospel was on miracles and healing.
The focus of the gospel of Christ is not on things but on a person and that person is Jesus Christ. However, we do not have adequate information about the person of Christ in the synoptic or Four Gospel. The Four Gospel was about the eye witnesses or journalistic account of the earthly life of Jesus – what Jesus said, what He did and what people said about Him. In Matthew chapter 16 from verse 13-17, Jesus asked His disciples who the people said He was. It reads, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples saying, whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and some Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. And he saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but my Father which is in heaven”. The word, ‘flesh and blood’ means that the revelation of Jesus cannot be received by mere seeing Jesus. This goes to show that even the disciples of Jesus did not really know who He was except Peter. They were walking with Him, talking and eating with Him but did not really know Him.
Almost everyone who received healing when Jesus preached never really knew Him. The focus of the people in the Four Gospel was on miracles and healing and not on the person of Jesus. They believed in miracles and not the person performing the miracles. You do not need to be a believer to receive a miracle. This is because a miracle is the act of God demonstrating His nature of generosity to man. God is liberal in giving. The same rain that falls on the roof of those who believe also falls on the roof of those who do not believe. Therefore, that you receive a miracle is not a sign of God’s validation on your life. A believer in Christ does not go round looking for miracles. The believer in Christ is a dispenser of miracles. He does not go round looking for healing; he is the healed of the Lord and dispenses healing to the sick world. It is miracles that follow the gospel and not the gospel that follows miracles.
INSTRUCTION: Focus on the person of Christ.
PRAYER: I pray that the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, and that I may know Him deeply and experientially, in Jesus Name. Amen.
For More Light; get the message, “The Gospel of Christ” by Dr. John Linus
QUOTE: it is miracles that follow the gospel and not the gospel that follows miracles.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOSHUA CHAPTER 6; EVENING: 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2