Preach the Gospel to the Poor
THE WORD SIROCCO
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Month Theme: For This Purpose
Topic: Preach the Gospel to the Poor
Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Jesus Christ knew the purpose of the Holy Ghost in His life. He did not misdirect the power of the Holy Ghost but applied it in preaching the Gospel to the poor. The Pharisees and other religious leaders paraded themselves as untouchable representatives of God. While doing this they failed to save the lost and deliver the captives. They rather heaped laws upon the people and pushed salvation and deliverance beyond their reach. Religion today, has its equivalents of the scribes and Pharisees. Church leaders sit on huge chairs and enjoy the flowery praises of men. Jesus Christ in His earthly days condemned the attitude of the scribes and Pharisees.
Instead of joining the prestigious religious leaders of the day to burden the people with laws and the traditions of men, Jesus Christ preached the good news of freedom to the poor. He did not align Himself with affluent individuals to suppress the vulnerable, but mingled with the poor and preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to them (Luke 4:18-19). The apostle Paul revealed the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the good news of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection to reconcile lost humankind to God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Sinful and helpless human beings are saved because Jesus Christ died in their place in God’s redemption plan.
The religions of the world place emphasis on dead works, which don’t please God, instead of the finished works of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was manifested to destroy the spirit of religion. The foundational doctrines of Jesus Christ include repentance from dead works (Hebrews 6:1-3). If the Gospel or good news is not your preaching subject, you may be speaking the Word of God but you are not preaching. This means that many people who think they are preaching are not preaching. Some preachers burden their hearers by putting man-made laws and traditions on them. Jesus Christ preached the good news of people coming to the Father for salvation, healing and deliverance through Him.
Prayer: Pray for the burden to preach the Gospel.
“For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba
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