In the New Testament we see that Jesus’ ministry was marked by a pattern of proclamation and demonstration. Wherever he went he would first proclaim the good news of redemption. He even began his ministry with the proclamation in Luke 4:16-21 that he had come “to proclaim good news to the poor…to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” Immediately after this he went to Capernaum to do exactly that, proving the validity of his message by demonstrating the power of God in teaching “with authority,”casting out demons and healing the sick. (Luke 4:31-37) James Kallas said it this way,
A war is going on! Cosmic war! Jesus is the divine invader sent by God to shatter the strengths of Satan. In that light, the whole ministry of Jesus unrolls.James Kallas
As the disciples of Jesus and students of the Word, we know that he has entrusted his ministry to us, saying ,
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it,” John 14:10–14
The subjectivity and apathy of our culture is like a thick blanket that covers all those with whom we come into contact. The gospel of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom is a powerful message and when we proclaim it, we can trust that the Holy Spirit is working in that very moment to shred the fabric of unbelief call the lost to Himself. Sometimes His work is imperceptible, occurring within the heart of the hearers. However, God is not willing that any person perish in the hands of Satan and will work powerfully to prove His love and His desire to restore all that has been broken. And God has chosen to demonstrate His supernatural power and love through us, His Church.
“Christian signs and wonders are beyond rationality, but they serve a rational purpose: to authenticate the gospel. The gospel is opposed to the pluralistic lie that says all religious experience is equally valid. Signs and wonders validate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His lordship over every area of our lives.” John Wimber, Power Evangelism, pg. 137