79. What did Jesus do during His public ministry?
As the highest prophet, He preached the good news of the kingdom of God.
He told people to repent.
He called and taught disciples to follow Him. Christ’s deeds are also part of His prophetic work. Jesus did many signs and wonders, and the Father confirmed the Son’s mission with this.
His actions encompass four groups and prove His power:
- over creation (e.g. calming the storm);
- over disease (by healing the sick);
- over the kingdom of darkness (by delivering from demons);
- over death (by raising the dead).
Everywhere Christ showed that He came to establish the rule of God and bring full redemption.
- The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear. (Deuteronomy 18:15)
- Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. (Luke 24:19)
- Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
- Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)
- With many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. (Mark 4:33-34)
- The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
- The Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13)
- The power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luke 5:17)
- God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
- Jesus answered and said to them [disciples of John the Baptist], “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (Matthew 11:4-5)