“So His fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and He healed them. And great crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan” (Matthew 4:24–25). No small area was influenced right from the start of His ministry.
In the face of Jesus’ stern instructions to the two blind men who received their sight “that no one knows about it…they went away and spread His fame through all that district” (9:27-31). Was their disobedience a serious matter or was it an overwhelming gratitude for what Jesus had done for them. Looking at the situation from Jesus’ point of view, His ministry from chapter 4 had stirred the crowds and gathered amazing public attention. He may have been wisely seeking to avoid an uprising against the Romans which would have greatly pleased the Jews, but it was not the time.
As Jesus was teaching “with authority” and expelling an unclean spirit from a man, those in the synagogue “were astonished at His teaching” (Mark 1:21-28). “And at once His fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee” (1:28).
Take a moment and look deeply into your own life. Carefully recount all that Jesus has done for you. Is there any reason why you should not spread His fame so that others can experience the same freedom from sin and gift of eternal life that you have?
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