Kingdom Work Illustrated
Not only did Jesus and His disciples preach about the
Kingdom, and teach about it in parables, but the mighty works which Jesus
did were intended to foreshadow the still greater work to be accomplished
by His Kingdom during His Millennial Reign.--Matt.4:23; Isa. 35:5,6.
This is intimated by the words, "These things did
Jesus and manifested forth His glory." In other words, the works of
Jesus were foregleams of the work of His Glorious Kingdom. Many of His
mighty works were done on the Sabbath for the same reason. As the six days
in the week represent toil and travail, the result of sin, so the seventh
day represents the Millennium, "the rest of the people of God,"
secured to all who accept it through the merit of Christ's sacrifice.
The turning of water into wine represented how the plain
things of the present time, the simplicity of present Truth, will yet be
transmuted by the Lord into the joys of the Kingdom, at the Marriage Feast
The cleansing of the lepers represented cleansing from
the leprosy of sin. The one who returned to give glory to God represents
the fact that only a "little flock" appreciate the favor of sins
forgiven during this Age.
The healing of the sick represented the great fact that
all diseases (mental, moral, physical) will be healed by Messiah, the
"Good Physician," Royal Priest, typed by Melchisedec.
The opening of the blind eyes and of the deaf ears
represented the greater fact that in due time the eyes and ears of
understanding of all mankind will be opened, and God's glory will be
appreciated. "All flesh shall see it together."--Isa.40:5.
Our Lord's Transfiguration on the Mount was another
illustration of the Kingdom. His disciples knew not whether it was a
reality or a vision, until Jesus said, "Tell the vision to no man
until The Son of Man be risen from the dead." Later, St.Peter
declared that what they saw in the holy mount represented Messiah's
Kingdom.--2 Peter 1:16-18.
He Bore OurSicknesses
Healing Blind Bartimeus