Jesus Walks on Water

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Yesterday, we discussed how Jesus fed a hungry crowd of more than 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus dismissed the crowd and told the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to Capernaum on the other side of the lake. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

Here’s what happened next:

Jesus Feeds the Crowd

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Today we’ll discuss the only miracle recorded in all four gospels.

After Jesus’ disciples returned from their mission, they gathered around him and reported all that they had done.  Then they all got into a boat, crossed the Sea of Galilee and headed for a remote place near a town called Bethsaida.

But people followed them on foot. By the time Jesus and the disciples reached the shore, a huge crowd had gathered and was waiting for them. Jesus had compassion on them, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed the sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him:

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:

Jesus Calms the Storm

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Today, we come to one of the my absolute all-time favorite Bible stories:

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep on a cushion in the stern of the boat.

A furious squall came down on the lake and waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped, and they were in great danger.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the raging waters, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the storm subsided, and all was calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

(Luke 8:22-25; Matthew 8:24-27; Mark 4:35-41)

THE Sign

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Jesus gave sight to the blind, opened the ears of the deaf, made the lame walk, healed the sick and raised the dead. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the religious authorities:

Some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

Jesus Beats Death

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Here’s today’s rather touching selection:

Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her.

When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.”