man with leprosy in ancient text

Jesus Words 8 – Jesus Around the sea and back again

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EEarly the next morning, he got up before sunrise and went off by himself.

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Finding him; Peter passed on the crowd’s demands for Jesus, and he said to them, “Let’s go to other towns. I must speak-out the good news of God’s Kingdom to the other cities also. This is why I have been sent.”

 


 

IIn one town, a man with leprosy fell on his face worshiping Jesus, and said, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.” Jesus touched him and said, “I want to. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and Jesus instructed, “Don’t tell anyone. Show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift Moses commanded for your cleansing (as a proof for them).”

 

Jesus sent him away immediately, and it seemed like that healed man told everyone everywhere what had happened. Jesus couldn’t openly enter anywhere without people coming from everywhere to hear him (and bringing the sick to be healed). Even still, Jesus always seemed to end up out by nowhere (away from the crowds) – alone in deserted places.

 


AAfter a few days, he crossed over by boat to his home town (Capernaum). Everyone made it onto the house without being approached, but it wasn’t long until there were people filling the house – and even standing in the doors and outside… and Jesus was teaching and healing.

Picture of man being lowered through the roof to Jesus in CapernaumIt was at this point that four people carried a paralyzed man, and were determined to get him in front of Jesus. With the crowd blocking their way, they decided to climb on top of the house (with the cripple man, and his cot), take apart enough of the roof to allow them to lower a man (while he was laying on his cot) – in front of Jesus. After this had all played out, Jesus replied, “Cheer up son, your sins are forgiven”

The religious experts and leaders present rippled with scoffs and questions accusing Jesus of blaspheming and asking, “Who can forgive wrongs, except God alone.”

Jesus answered, “Why do you think these evil things in your hearts? So… which is easier; to tell the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up; Take your bed and walk?’ But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” (then the spoke to the paralyzed man) and said, “I tell you; get up and pick up your mat, and go to your house.” At that moment, the man stood up. Then he picked up his bed and walked out in front of everyone to his house (praising God). The religious were left in fear.


SOn a different Sabbath, he was teaching at church, and the religious were watching for an excuse to accuse him of wrong. There was a man there with a withered right hand, and Jesus directed him to, “Get up, and stand in the middle.” The man got up, and stood there.man with withered hand healed on sabbath in church

Jesus asked the crowd, “I will ask you something: Is it following the law to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?” He looked around the room, and the silence screamed for mercy. Looking around the room, Jesus was visibly angered by the people’s hard hearts of indifference. Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did, and it was as healthy as the other.

Somehow this healing sparked enough rage for the religious leaders to conspire with their enemies (the politicians) on how to destroy Jesus.


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Up next:

  • A day with Jesus teaching (sermon on the mount)


Paraphrase Notes:

  • “elsewhere into the next towns” replaced with “to other towns”
  • preach” is replaced with “speak-out”
  • For this reason” replaced with “This is why”
  • See that you tell nobody” replaced with “Do not tell anyone”
  • and offer for your cleansing the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them” is replaced with “offer the gift Moses commanded for your cleansing as a proof for them.”
  • “Take up” is replaced with “pick up”
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