Jesus Our Magnificent Obsession
1: His Fame
His fame went throughout all Syria (Matthew 4:24 NKJV)
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23 – 4:24 NKJV)
Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. (Matthew 4:24 NKJV)
Great multitudes followed Him – from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. (Matthew 4:25 NKJV)
Jesus has always been my perfect fascination and obsession even before I got to know Him and His Holy Spirit intimately. I remember when I was young and would constantly think about Him, His ways, His personality and His works. I would imagine myself ministering with Him and the Apostles, going from town to town in His own time and days.
Then I started having visions of Him and the Apostle in heavenly garments and luminous, glorious hair I can not describe. I was very in touch with the supernatural and did not know why. It was much later, that He told me I was called to be an Apostle – an Apostle of love and mercy. He also called me to be an Apostle to a certain church He Says is in the intensive care unit, steeped and buried in idolatry.
I was and I am fascinated with Him because Biblical records of Him, His ways, and His works leave me awed and speechless. The more I read about Him the more I love Him. His life was so Charismatic, magnificent, magnetic, outstanding and enigmatic that He has consistently been named the most famous man that ever lived.
In this Scripture we are told that His fame went throughout all Syria. The more people heard about Him and His miracles, the more they were drawn to Him and His fame was outstanding. This Scripture says that people followed Him. They would hear that He was somewhere ministering and would run to that place with wonder, expectation and excitement.
If I was there in that time, no one would have been able to stop me from being at His presence. I would certainly have been energized into super action. I really like Him and the good thing is that He knows it.
He was famous because He met needs and solved human problems. We were told in Business School that the best marketer is the one that has figured out how to solve problems and meet human needs not the advertiser.
If you advertise a bad product you are wasting time and money, however, if you advertise a good product your reward is outstanding. On the other hand, if you embrace innovation and create a product that meets human needs, especially in an unprecedented way, people will rush to buy that product even without any advertisement.
If we submit ourselves and become vessels of honor, we will become problem solvers and meets needs. Jesus had fame because He was very effective as a minister. He never advertised Himself or craved fame, yet people kept hearing about Him from people He had healed and rushed to Him in thousands.
Every weapon He had was supernatural – He was full of grace, knowledge, truth, humility, wisdom, love, compassion, anointing and power. He knew the necessary weapons and obtained them in the place of fellowship, prayer and obedience.
He kept telling the people He healed not to say anything to anyone, yet somehow, people saw people they knew before who had been lame, blind, deaf or crippled healed and became fascinated. They simply loved Him and ran to Him because they could not help it – He was a mega problem solver and met needs and that made Him magnetic. He still is.
Jesus, our beloved, is indeed a magnificent, magnetic fascination and obsession.