Matthew 4:23-25 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.”
I have learned that in my relationships, I tend to exaggerate when I am offended or wounded. Those two statements are almost always never true when we say them; but it feels that way. But when the Word of God uses such a definitive word as “all”, we must take it seriously.
All of Galilee was a massive amount of real estate to cover on foot. Then, to heal all manner of sicknesses and all manner of diseases would cause one to take notice. So much so, that His fame went throughout all of Syria.
It would be foolish of me to think that I could influence those around me just as Jesus did in His day. Or is it?
We have been given commands from our God to go into all the world:
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
If Jesus is the One with all power, it must needs be that I have access to that power to accomplish whatever it is He commanded me to do. The exponential growth that is shown to have happened over and over again, both in the Bible and throughout history, is when those we reach with the gospel are taught the “all” things we are commanded by God to teach them to observe. Then, if each one would just reach one, we can and will reach all nations.
The early church experienced such growth and it begs the question, “Why?”
Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
When every heart was fully, wholly and totally right with God and desiring the very same thing, God was able to display such power as had never been seen before. It is the very receipe that God desires for His church today.
Think about it…
If every church were in utter and total agreement on doctrine and the carrying out of said doctrine, the power God could reveal to the world would literally shake the world.
Acts 4:31-32 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”
The possibilities of what you and I can do are endless – when our all is on the altar and our heart is fully, wholly, and totally given over to submit and obey God as He leads and guides. It may seem impossible to us, but nothing is impossible when God gets involved.
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Our enemy would love nothing more than to discourage us from thinking we could do anything for God, so, why should we even try? Yet, when things look their bleakest, God steps in and tells us that we can do all things – through Christ which strengthens us.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”