Much People

. . . Crowds and congregations may look alike, but what they accomplish will likely not.

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Luke 7:12 – Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

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In Luke 7:11, we see that along with Jesus were “many of His disciples” and “much people.”  Then, in the next verse, our Text for Today, we see that the woman we call the widow of Nain had accompanying her “much people of the city.”  It seems that throughout the earthly ministry of Jesus, He was either leading “much people,” ministering to “much people,” or about to encounter “much people.”  Yet there were so often times when He was either praying alone, or accompanied by a few people, most likely His disciples.  But regardless of where He was to be found, He was always ready to minister to whomever He encountered, and that meant He was ever ready to minister to “much people.”  It made no difference to Him whether that ministry was one-on-one, or one-on-thousands.  What mattered to Jesus was that He fulfilled His anointing to which He referred at that beginning of His ministry in Luke 4.

One of the main elements of our Christian thinking comes from the knowledge that Jesus never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Knowing that, we should clearly understand what His overwhelming desire for the work of His church should be.  As the Father sent Him, so did He send us.  He has sent us into “all the world, to “every creature.”  He has sent us to carry on which his ministry as members of His body.  Whether we encounter people one-on-one, or one-on-tens of thousands, our assignment is not less than His.  Men of God (and women, too) have carried forth that assignment.  Whether it was a man not-so-well-known in his day, a Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball, who led D.L. Moody to Christ, or one recently graduated to heaven in the person of Reinhard Bonnke who is known to have preached before millions that have received Jesus, their work and the outcome of their actions has brought untold millions to Christ. 

I have had the privilege to meet a number of famous, well-known, important people in my life, and was honored to have had that privilege.  Many of them have had some level of influence in my life that has served to have me serving the body of Christ as I presently do.  The ministry in which the Lord has placed me is serving more people in my 70’s than I ever reached between my 30th and 65th birthday years combined.  But that being said, I can declare that the greatest influencers in my life have generally been strong Christians, largely unknown, sometimes of little to no formal education, but who lived to bless, encourage, and inspire others.  And in the conclusion of each life, “much people” stand because of them.

Manna for Today – Luke 7:11-17; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; Luke 4:16-30;  John 17:18; John 20:21; Hebrews 13:8