He's Got The Power, Boast About It
Chan Gin Kai
He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. (Luke 6:17-19)
Jesus fame and popularity had spread far and wide, and a huge crowd had gathered to see him. Some had travelled all the way from Jerusalem, more than 130 kilometres away. Back in the days before planes, trains and automobiles, this would have required four to seven days of walking, depending on whether they chose to do a gruelling marathon distance everyday, or a more “leisurely” 20 kilometres a day. They had to make the same long journey back too. Allowing a day or two for them to listen to sermons and get healed, they would have to be away from their family and work for 10 to 15 days in total.
There were even people from the Gentile cities of Tyre and Sidon. We don’t know if those who came were Gentiles, or Jews who were living in those cities. But it wouldn’t be surprising if the Gentiles had gotten interested in Jesus too. The power of his sermons, and his miraculous healings had impacted a lot of people and news spread like wild fire.
This was way before the advent of radio, TV or social media, and the propagation of news was by word of mouth. The crowd had not seen Jesus through a viral video, but they committed to the long journey simply because of the testimony of others. This speaks volumes about the ones who had spread the news. They must have really raved about Jesus and given very glowing reports. There’s something to learn here about how we spread our faith. Do we dutifully invite people to church? Do we merely impart knowledge from the Bible? Or do we joyfully share the good news about how Jesus has touched our lives?
No good news, no matter how excitedly shared, could convince people who weren’t interested. But what was it that got the crowd excited? They couldn’t have been interested in Jesus, before they met him. But they were attracted by his power to heal them. They were interested in the physical and spiritual impact he could make in their lives.
Let’s not be surprised when we find few people interested in Jesus when we evangelise. Why would anyone be excited about Jesus if he were just another religious option? But many are keen on whatever can drastically improve their lives. Look at the popularity of self-help books and motivational gurus. People want positive change; they seek impact. They will be excited about Jesus if they know his power and the impact he can make in their lives.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
Tell others how God’s power has changed you. Discuss the meaning and purpose you’ve found. Relate the problems you’ve encountered and how God has helped you overcome them. Share about the growth in your character and how that has impacted your work, family and everything else. Preach about how the love of Jesus has empowered you.
He’s got the power, boast about it.
Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. In church, he serves as a mentor to young professionals in the EDGE Ministry. He describes himself as "just a sinner who wants to get right with God".