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Jesus gave his authority to the disciples to cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and to preach the good news of the kingdom of God. Their task was clear, but the obstacles were many. But when we remember God has given his followers authority and provision, we can be realistic when the gospel message brings opposition. The message of Jesus, i.e., the message of repentance and faith in him, will offend many. We are to live as people who are sent into the world, and we are called to conduct ourselves with humility and compassion.