And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea. Luke 4:42-44
Much of the night Jesus spends healing and casting out demons. It doesn’t look like He slept at all. Early in the morning He goes out alone to a desolate place; Mark 1:35 tells us He went to pray. What is He praying about?
Remember, He just healed many. Many more are still coming. Word will get out, and the more He heals, the more will come. He could spend the rest of His life as a healer of disease. He has compassion on the people. Healing is good work. He is helping many. He is displaying one aspect of the Kingdom. So He prays and prays: “Father God, what is ahead for Me?” He concludes that healing is not His primary purpose. His mission, His calling is to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. He will heal – but only when healing will help communicate message of the Kingdom. We will see next week how He does that.
The time will come when He will end disease, when He will end all sorrow. But that time is not yet. Now He must preach. Then die. Then rise triumphant. Then return in glory to usher in the Kingdom in its full glory.
So Jesus knows His mission. He keeps Himself from being distracted from His mission, even by good, worthy causes. He goes out to preach.