After Jesus sent the crowd away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to an area called Magadan.
As others had done before, some Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Here’s how Jesus responded:
After traveling along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down. Another huge crowd gathered around him and he healed many who suffered from various ailments. The crowd was amazed and praised God.
In a scene reminiscent of this earlier feeding of a hungry crowd, Jesus called his disciples together and said this:
Jesus left the region of Tyre and traveled through the region of the Decapolis, a league of ten cities east of the Jordan River. Some people brought Jesus a man who was deaf and could barely talk and begged Jesus to heal him.
Jesus took the man aside, away from the crowd. Here’s what happened next:
For the next week, we’ll be walking in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross and beyond.
Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to save the world. Here’s an eyewitness account:
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:29-31)
When I come across scenes like this in the Bible, sometimes I try to put myself in the places of the various actors.
Would I have been like the disciples, hurrying past on my way to seemingly more important things?
Or would I have been just one of the crowd, trying to shut the blind men up so that I could try to get Jesus’ attention myself?
Or what if I had been one of the blind men? Would I have had the humility to cry out for help or would I have remained silent and let the chance of a lifetime pass me by?
Or would I have been more like Jesus?
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:32-34)