Do you dream of doing miracles, of healing the sick, of enabling someone to encounter the power of God that sets them free? As this age nears its close and the day of Christ’s return draws near, this is exactly what the New Testament says we will do.
Jesus in Matt 24.14 told his disciples, “This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony (or witness) to all the nations, and then the end will come”. If we look earlier in Matthew, at 4.23 and 9.35, it becomes clear that “proclaiming the good news of the kingdom” is accompanied by miraculous healings and deliverances. It is the miraculous that is the testimony or witness that God’s reigning power is stronger than any disease, sickness and any thing else in this world that holds people captive. Truly, it is “the good news of the kingdom”.
I take Matt 24.14 as a promise that before Jesus can return, all over the world we will be spreading the gospel, not only in words, but “by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit” (to quote Paul in Rom 15.19). We will be proclaiming as a herald does the good news of the kingdom power of God. In many parts of the world, this is already happening. Will you join me in praying that this will be how we spread the gospel in the West also?
The attached paper Good news of the Kingdom looks in far more detail at what Jesus – and Matthew – meant by Matt 24.14 and proclaiming this good news of the kingdom. I hope it stirs your faith and helps you to seize hold of Jesus’ promise that “whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do . .” (John 14.12, ESV).