Jesus Frees Us

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Jesus was teaching on a Sabbath in a synagogue. There was a woman there who had been crippled by an evil spirit for eighteen years. It was so bad that she was completely bent over and couldn’t straighten up at all.

Here’s what happened when Jesus saw her:

Do YOU Believe?

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Yesterday’s selection concluded with Jesus raising a little girl from the dead. As he moved on from there, here’s what happened next:

Two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

Faith and Healing

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Jesus and the disciples crossed over the lake again. When they reached the other side, a huge crowd welcomed them.

Two of the most touching scenes in human history were about to occur. Here’s what eyewitnesses reported:

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

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Jesus’ clash with the religious authorities begins to escalate:

Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

“Do you want to get well?”

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Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. He went to a pool called Bethesda, which was surrounded by people suffering from various disabilities. Legend had it that every once in awhile an angel would dip his wings into the water and stir it up and that the first person in would be healed.

A real healing occurred when Jesus arrived on the scene. Here’s what eyewitnesses reported:

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

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Jesus’ popularity was exploding. He and his disciples returned to his home base of Capernaum and here’s what happened next:

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Jesus Heals

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Jesus returned to the site of his first miracle, Cana in Galilee.  A royal official whose son was deathly ill came looking for Jesus. Here’s what happened, according to eyewitnesses: