Cross Over

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Jesus continues the discussion started yesterday about who he is and why he came:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”

Like Father Like Son

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Jesus healed people on the Sabbath. Since there’s no prohibition against actually loving people and doing good on that day, Jesus didn’t violate God’s law. He did, however, go against the religious leaders’ hypocritical man-made rules and traditions and threatened their authority. So, they began to persecute him.

Here’s what Jesus said about that:

“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:

New Wine

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John’s disciples came to him and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”

Outcast Party

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Yesterday, Jesus invited one of the biggest outcasts in town to follow him. Today, Jesus parties with the man and his outcast friends, causing the religious leaders to question his religionishness:

“Follow me.”

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Jesus taught a large crowd at the lake near his home base of Capernaum. And then here’s what happened next:

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth.

“Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up, left everything and followed him.

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.”