Authorized Version Translation:
42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.
43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.
44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
1901 ASV Translation:
42 And when it was day, he came out and went into a desert place: and the multitudes sought after him, and came unto him, and would have stayed him, that he should not go from them.
43 But he said unto them, I must preach the good tidings of the kingdom of God to the other cities also: for therefore was I sent.
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.
I. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God.
A. The "Content" of Jesus' Preaching.
1. He called it "announcing the Kingdom of God" as "good news".
2. The only "illustrations" of the content that Luke has given to this point are John the Baptizer's preaching and Jesus' words in Nazareth.
a. The "core" of Jesus' message in Nazareth is given in 4:18-19 and it is tied to the parallels between Israel's apostate condition in the days of Elijah and Elisha and the apostate condition of the Nazarenes.
b. The "core" of John's preaching is given in 3:16-17 and it is tied to the twin baptisms that the Christ is going to accomplish -- that of the Holy Spirit and that of fire... gathering the wheat into the barn and burning the chaff with unquenchable fire.
1) This "core" has a prelude, given in 3:7-9 with explanation in 3:11-14.
2) John's "message" was of the necessity of vipers to "repent" because of the "wrath to come" (3:7) when Messiah was to execute His "baptisms".
c. When these "illustrations" are pulled together, the major issue of the preaching of the Kingdom of God is that Jesus has a solution for a generation of vipers that consists of either conversion or execution in view of the inevitability of the establishment of a righteous rule among men by Messiah.
B. Given the "sense of destiny" in Jesus' "necessity" -- "I must preach to the other cities" -- how serious should the typical "believer" be about being involved in efforts to make Truth available to others?
C. Luke's purpose for recording Jesus' "commitment".
1. It is a record of Jesus' deliberate selectivity of activity.
2. Is it an implied insistence that no one is doing the will of God who is not actively following His example?
a. Peter wrote that the fact that this world, and all that is in it, is going to burn is to be a guide for deciding "what manner of persons we should be" (2 Peter 3:11).
b. Paul taught that "we shall give an answer for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
1) What shall be the criteria by which those "deeds" shall be evaluated?
a) Both Paul and Peter taught that we are all participants in the Body and, as such, have a "function" to accomplish and a day of reckoning to come.
b) 1 Peter 4:10 clearly declares that we are "stewards" of God's grace for the purpose of ministry and 1 Corinthians 4:2 says "it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful."
c) Peter's words to Ananias in Acts 5:3-4 must be retained in mind: the "believer" is free to do as he pleases with what is his, but he will be held accountable according to 1 Peter 4:10 and 1 Corinthians 4:2.
2) "Good and bad" will be most stringently determined, according to 1 Corinthians 13, by the underlying motivation.