Power and Authority to do.
Luke 9: 1-2 “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
Many are ‘called’ to do many things. Many of those callings are individual ones. To be the leader, the preacher, the ‘voice of one calling …’ and in the course of time to be able to teach a seminar on how the ministry is a lonely place.
There is only one Messiah. You and I are not it.
So they group together, the 12 of them, circling around Jesus and he gave them what he had, what they had seen demonstrated as he scattered the seed from town and village. The same ability to do what he had been doing and the same right to do it. Their brief was simple:
- Drive out all demons.
- Cure diseases.
- Preach the Kingdom of God.
- Heal the sick.
1 and 3 are linked and so are 2 and 4.
1 and 3: The Twelve have witnessed how with certain people Jesus didn’t speak to them, not really. He spoke to the one who was holding them bound in a spiritual stronghold, a mental torture and a broken identity. Jesus spoke to demons and the Twelve were going to do the same thing. They no doubt would copy exactly how Jesus spoke but words were not enough they had the same power and authority to see the demon(s) flee from the person.
But they also were called and sent to speak to people the same parables, the same message, to teach and preach about the Kingdom Jesus had spoken of. They were sent to convince, persuade and impact minds and hearts with the gospel. Were they able? YES. What right did they have to speak in such a way? Their qualifications, their credentials were from the school of Rabbi Jesus.
The point is that we need to not only speak the good news to people we also need to speak to the bad news that is within them and get it out.
2 and 4: The Twelve had seen Jesus cure every disease that had inflicted a person. The curing of that body meant the eradicating of the disease. One moment it was there and the next it wasn’t. Jesus gave them the ability and the right to go and do that same thing.
But people who are cured are not necessarily healed. They had seen Jesus not only cure the disease of the woman who was bleeding but he didn’t leave her cured. He also healed her of the psychological impact of being an outcast in society by raising her as a Daughter of Israel again. They had seen Jesus offer his healing hand of restoration to raise up the man from the floor, to tell the person to present themselves at the Temple, to go home etc. The healing of Jesus made the person renewed, whole and the person they had always been created to be.
The point is that we are called to do the quick-fix cures of all kinds of diseases but also the longer route of restoration of the whole person back into their community.
We do all this with the same power and the same authority that Jesus has. The ability and the right of Jesus to do such things was given to the Twelve and is given to us.