"AND JESUS WENT ABOUT all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people" (Matt. 9:35).
One day several years ago, this verse came up in my daily Bible study. I'd probably read it hundreds of times before, but that morning I felt compelled to take a fresh look. As I actually studied and prayed about this verse, for the first time I realized so much of Jesus' ministry was summed up in this one sentence and I couldn't afford to pass over it so lightly.
It struck me that Jesus went out to where people were—to every city and village. He had an important message and didn't just wait around for people to come to him to receive it. He sought out those in need and later sent his disciples to continue this work.
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