[From Taos, New Mexico]
Jesus came for the lost sheep of Israel. They are not only lost, but sick–yet most of them don’t know it. At least the Pharisees don’t: They are blind to their own sickness. Therefore, Jesus ministered by healing people of their physcial sickness as an illustration of how He could minister to their soul.
The offer of bringing in the Kingdom is on the table–He calls Israel to repentance. If they obey He will set up His Kingdom…but He prophesies they are not going to believe,
“Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then they shall fast.”
Jesus told His disciples it was going to be difficult and dangerous to take the message of the Kingdom to the lost house of Israel. Each of the disciples would be poor, rejected, walking among wolves. They would be put on trial, hated, persecuted, and face death. But do not fear!
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Jesus’ disciples were in for a rough time. For believers, in the last days, we too are in for perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1). The apostle Paul warns,
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”