Jesus' Begins Year of Popularity
During the time of Jesus' Galilean trips there were notable healings and miracles. The restorative changes, both spiritual and physical, mainly took place on the Jewish Sabbath, their Holy Day.
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Those receiving healings were many who believed Who He was, but certain people were healed out of His compassion for the people. Jesus preachings, teachings and healings were warmly received by the people but there was a growing opposition amongst the Pharisees and other Teachers of The Law.
that The Messiah
would minister through out Northern Israel. Jesus ministered throughout
this area. His message of salvation was a light unto the Gentiles (non-Jews).
They had never heard the Word of God
personally to and for them before Christ taught
the scriptures. Christ
broke the bandage of sin in the lives of the people. Dramatic changes were
to come in the Good News that Jesus preached,
for He freed all who were in darkness, During His ministry in Galilee,
He became very popular and well-known. His mission was to bring peace to
the Jewish people and to the gentiles, God as man, bring the Light, His
blessings, His presence, and His revelation. The
Messiah, The High Priest (NEED TO KNOW TEXT)
for a godly nation of people of Jews and gentiles would bring peace not
only with each other by his Spirit but between God and themselves. His
Servant's role and purpose was to redeem the people, bring them to God
and show the way unto the gentiles.
Galileans welcomed Jesus. When he was visiting Cana, a Government official in the Royal Court had traveled twenty miles from Capernaum to ask Jesus to heal his son who was dying. Jesus told the officer that his son was healed. This healing brought this man's family and servants to believe that Jesus was The Messiah that the Jews had spoken about. It grieved Jesus that the people were more interested in his many miracles than in Him as their Saviour. The Officer and his whole household had recognized Him for who He Was and Is. Fulfilling prophecies of Isaiah 9:1-2, 42:1-3.
was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon Peter and
Andrew. They had been with Jesus
before and they were fishermen the same as James and John, who were also
brothers. They had already been baptized in the River Jordan by John The
Baptist before Jesus'
baptism. They were casting their nets but not successfully. Great crowds
pressed in on Jesus to listen to Him preach God's Word. Jesus
stepped into Simon Peter's boat and asked him to push it out further from
the shore, as this made it easier to speak to the people. Later He told
Simon Peter to go out again and let down the nets. He promised them a good
catch of fish-the nets were so full they began to tear.
Jesus called to the men, "Come, follow Me and I will make you fishers of men". They left their fishing and went with Him and became His disciples. The fishing was a family affair and the boats stilled stayed in the family. It did not mean that they were unresponsible when they gave up their fishing trade
At the synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus
taught with great authority. He was teaching when a young man, posessed
by a demon began shouting at Jesus,
"Go away! We want nothing to do with you, Jesus
of Nazareth. You have come to destroy us, I know who you are-The Holy One
of God". "Be silent and come
told the demon-the demon obeyed. People were amazed at His Authority and
power by The Word of God. From the synagogue Jesus went to the house of
Simon Peter's mother-in-law where He healed her from a high fever. That
evening all who were sick came to Jesus
and he healed them all. They begged Him to stay but He continued to travel
throughout Judea, Preaching, Teaching and Healing.
Fulfilling prophecies of Isaiah 29:18-21, 35:5-6, 61:1.
On entering a Galilean village,
a man with leprosy saw Jesus
and fell down on the ground begging to be healed. Jesus
healed him and instructed that he go immediately to be examined by the
Jewish Priest. This healing caused vast crowds, as other reports of all
did. When this occurred Jesus would
go off into the wilderness to pray, for healing were wondrous acts to show
God's glory and He did not want to fall into Satan's trap of being a popular
Jesus then traveled back to Capernaum and continued to teach. The religious leaders were present, when men, carrying a paralytic on a mat went up onto the roof because of the crowded house, and after removing the tiles and clay, lowered him down to Jesus. Because of their faith He said to the paralytic man, "Your sins are forgiven; you are healed".
The people praised God but the Teachers of The Law were thinking who can forgive sins except God alone? Jesus said out loud, "So that you may know that The Son has authority on earth to forgive sins". It was clear that one purpose of miracles was to give evidence of Jesus' deity.
God's provision through His Messiah were both spiritual and physical. The people who belong to God under go a transformation because of Christ's Ministry of healing. These who were blind can now see and understand, spiritually and physically. Jesus proclaimed He was the Messianic Servant to free captives from their bondage, to release those from their captors. He had received the authority and anointing for healing and liberation to those bound. Isaiah wrote much from God's Spirit about The Messiah and His Salvation through Him, comfort of the people and the blessings for the people.
God requires loyalty and right conduct
towards Himself and towards other people. Faithfulness must be a certainty
for religious rituals are only helpful if careered out with live and obedience
to God. God wants the love from the heart, He prefers to see results of
a of a repentant lifestyle turned to do what is just and right, to turn
form sin and follow His instructions, and to be blessed by His loving care.
Devotion towards Him instead of doing ritual deeds with out sincerity, for it is not just head knowledge but a genuine recognition of His Authority. and Sovereignty. Jesus still does make an impact on the life of a person who seeks Him.
went down to the seashore and preached to the crowds that had gathered
around Him. He saw Matthew (Levi) sitting at his tax collection booth (COLOUR IN CAMEO)
and said to him, "Come with me
and be My disciple". Matthew
immediately followed Jesus.
That night Matthew invited all his fellow tax collectors to dine and meet
The Jewish leaders of religion could not understand why Jesus would have
anything to do with them for the tax collectors were cheats and thieves,
known to be wealthy by dishonest means. Jesus
knew these men to be repentant, but the Leaders were self-righteous, thinking
they were more respectable and did not need to repent. The repentance and
changed lives of known sinners was and is a powerful demonstration of Jesus'
authority over sin and of His power to forgive.
Prophecy fulfilled of Hosea 6:6
to Jerusalem for one of The Jewish Feasts. Inside the city was Bethesda
Pool, which from time to time had remedial virtue. A crippled man for thirty-eight
years had been daily frustrated at trying to get down the platform to the
water. Jesus healed
him; the man did not know who Jesus was-this
happened to be on the Jewish Sabbath.
The Sabbath was set apart in the Old Testament as a day of rest. The Pharisees now criticized Jesus for breaking The Law. Jesus claimed the right as Lord of The Sabbath, to interpret its true meaning by healing a man, announcing that it is lawful to do good. Jesus exposes the uncaring attitude of the Teachers of The Law and establishes the priority God places on human needs.
Returning to Galilee, The Teachers of The Law criticized Jesus and His disciples for eating the grain as they walked along on The Jewish Sabbath Day through the grainfields. The eating was not the problem, the act of pulling off the ripe husks and grinding them between their palms was considered work, according to the self-righteous Teachers.
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