Jesus Had a Ministry of Evangelism and Healing Notice that Jesus' earthly ministry primarily consisted of evangelism and healing: Luke 3:23 says that before Jesus went to the cross, He had an earthly ministry: Luke 3:23: "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry." A large part of His three-year ministry consisted of evangelism and healing. Did Jesus turned this ministry over to the Church when He gave us the Great Commission? Luke 4:16-21 says that Isaiah had prophesied that Jesus' ministry would consist of preaching the Good News, healing the sick, and releasing the oppressed: Luke 4:16-21: "He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." ... "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."" In this passage, Jesus announced His ministry of evangelism and healing by quoting Isaiah's prophecy. Luke 7:20-23 tells us that in Jesus' ministry He healed the blind, He healed the lame, He healed lepers, He healed the deaf, He raised the dead, and He preached the Good News: Luke 7:20-23: "When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'" At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor."" In this passage, Jesus demonstrated that His ministry was a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Luke 4:16-21, above). In Acts 10:38, the apostle Peter described Jesus' ministry by saying that He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil: Acts 10:38: "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him." Luke 13:31-32 says that when Jesus was told that Herod wanted to kill Him, Jesus replied that nothing was going to stop Him from continuing His healing ministry: Luke 13:31-32: "At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you." He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'"" Notice how Jesus described His earthly ministry. He said that nothing would keep Him from casting out demons and healing the sick. So Jesus had a ministry of evangelism and healing before He went to the cross. Did Jesus turned this ministry over to us?