Jesus’ brothers wanted to go to Judea to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. That celebration marked the occasion when the Israelites lived in temporary shelters after leaving Egypt and looked forward to the Messiah’s coming.
Jesus’ brothers asked him to come along. He had other plans:
After the Transfiguration, Jesus, Peter, John and James came back down the mountain where they encountered the other disciples arguing with some religious experts in the midst of a crowd. Here’s what happened:
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:
Jesus was staying in a house near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
Jesus said nothing at first. His disciples came and urged him, “Tell her to go away — she’s bothering us with all her begging.”
Jesus then gave a rather provocative response:
After Jesus fed a huge crowd with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish, people started to get more than a little curious about Him.
When he slipped away from the crowd, people began searching all over for him. When they finally found him on the other side of the lake, here’s what he said:
Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval. (John 6:26-27)
That prompted a question:
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: