August 31, 2016 - Consolation

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Luke 4:38-44

This passage is remarkable in that Jesus summarizes his purpose in just a few words - to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God.   Notice that he is evidently proclaiming something that has already been accomplished - not a warning, not a program of moral self-improvement – just a message of consolation so compelling that his listeners didn’t want him to leave.  

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