“And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight and the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,
and the poor have good news preached to them.’”
Reading through this list of Jesus’ actions in ministry, it is the last that stands out to me. The wonders are recounted, which would cause anyone to stop in amazement: blind seeing, lame walking, lepers cleansed, deaf hearing, dead raised. He likely could have stopped there and presented evidence enough to confirm who He is.
But He didn’t.
Because the last action matters as much as the others. The poor, the brokenhearted, the weary, those with nothing to offer and nothing to cling to – they are given hope. The Son of God will not forget these, and He will not fail to mention this vital part of His ministry: preaching good news to those who desperately need it.
Maybe it isn’t what some observers would write home about. But it is why He came. To bring hope. To bring light to our darkness. To bring salvation. To make a way for us, where there was none. The other items mentioned demonstrate His great power; this one shows His heart and His true purpose.
Jesus determined to preach good news to the poor, and His words, His hope, continue today.
Telling us that we are not forgotten.
Communicating that we are seen.
Showing us that we matter.
And not to just anyone. We matter to the God who created the universe, the One who sets up kings and kingdoms and who determines the end of all things from their very beginning.
There is hope here, in the words of our Savior. He wants us to know in our brokenness that the God of all comfort will draw near to us, if we will draw near to Him (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; James 4:8). He wants us to experience life abundant, steady with all joy and peace in believing, because the God of hope fills us with Himself (John 10:10; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 3:19). He wants us to rest in the realization that our sovereign, wise, gracious God is sowing light and joy into our path – and they will root down deep and reveal themselves in wondrous beauty at His perfectly appointed time (Psalm 97:11).
There is good news here.
Because we are known fully and fully loved. By One whose perfect love can drive out all our fears, if we will fix our eyes and heart and mind on Him (1 John 4:18; Psalm 34:4).
Today, “may the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5). Hear His words spoken to your heart, conveying the good news of His hope, His glory, His goodness and salvation in your life.