8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.(B) The Twelve were with him,2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene)(C) from whom seven demons had come out;3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s(D) household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Jesus proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God. This was the major theme of his preaching. (Mk 1:15;Ac 1:3b) When God's kingdom is in our hearts, spiritual order is restored; the tyranny of sin and death and Satan is broken; we are free, and we have peace. When Jesus comes again, he will establish his kingdom and restore God's sovereign rule over all creation; righteousness, justice and peace will cover the earth. The kingdom of God is good news.
2. Those who followed Jesus (1b-3)
Jesus was training disciples, so the Twelve were with him. The women who followed him had tasted his grace of forgiveness. They made an environment in which the work of God could be done. They provided for Jesus and the disciples out of their own means. They also were listening and learning, and they became the first witnesses to the resurrection.
Prayer: Lord, your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.