I was sent for this purpose.

And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Ever wonder what it would have been like if Jesus was born in our times? I sometimes think that things would have been different yet they would be the same. The message would have been the same but the transmission of it might include microphones and loudspeakers.. and maybe even radio or television. People back then and people today are hungry to hear the good news of the kingdom of God that Jesus was sent to proclaim.

I am intrigued by the way that the Lord did not simply stay in places where people loved him and the good news that he preached. It seems like it would have been so easy to stay and so difficult to leave. It speaks deeply to me of how Christ was truly led by the Father when he prayed. It challenges me to listen for his voice in my times of prayer and to be willing to change when I hear him speak to me about my purpose on earth.

Not my will but thine Lord. Let your kingdom come in my life as it is in heaven.


  1. I also think one of the reasons that Jesus left is He did not want people to follow Him merely from the benefits they got from Him and wanted them to get beyond the immediate benefits to the message (John 6:26). I suspect that was easier when He did not stay too long in one place.

  2. Good thoughts Mike. I had not thought of it that way.


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