In All the Cities

Jesus was born in the city of David (Luke 2:11). He went and dwelt in the city of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23). He taught and preached in all the cities (Matthew 9:35; 11:1). He denounced the cities for their failure to repent (Matthew 11:20).
The city of Jerusalem was stirred up by his arrival, so that they asked, “Who is this?” (Matthew 20.10). He later cried over this very city (Luke 19:41).
He said he was sent for the purpose of preaching to the other cities of Israel that had not yet heard the message of repentance and of the Kingdom of God (Luke 4.43).
Many from the city of Samaria believed on Jesus because of the testimony of the woman who met him at the well (Luke 4:39). It was as these people were coming out of their town to see him that he spoke of the “fields white for harvest” (Luke 9:35).
The gospel is often preached to a city where many disciples are made (Acts 14:21). God often has many people in a city waiting to hear the message and be saved (Acts 18:10).
Persecutions and afflictions await Christians in many cities (Acts 20:23). There is “danger in the city” (2 Corinthians 11:26).
But brethren and churches in the cities need visiting and teaching (Acts 16:4). And elders are to be appointed in every church of the cities that are evangelized (Acts 14:23).
As beautiful as a city’s parks, architecture, and skyline may be, we have here no lasting city (Hebrews 13:14). But we must seek the peace of the city (Jeremiah 29:7).
If Jesus preached in all the cities of the region allotted to him, let us not be content until we have preached the gospel in all the cities of our county and region. And when those have heard, let us pass to other cities in the next county and the next region, for we have been sent, like Jesus, for this very purpose.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

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