you may believe, jesus is son of god, because for you become life by your faith in jesus.
John 20:31 , John 11:1-44

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Jesus, understanding everything they were thinking

Harvest in Galilee

When the scribes and the Pharisees heard this, they said:

This man casts out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons.

Others tried to get Jesus to perform a heavenly sign to show that the Pharisees were mistaken.

Jesus, understanding everything they were thinking, called them together and told this parable:

How can Satan cast out Satan? A city or a house divided against itself cannot stand. A kingdom that is divided against itself cannot stand.

If Satan is divided against himself, then how will his kingdom stand? And if Satan has risen up against himself, he cannot stand but will come to an end.

If I am casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, then by whose power are your disciples casting demons out? They will be your judge.

But if, by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

When a strong man who is fully armed guards his home and belongings, his home is safe. But if a stronger man comes and defeats him, he takes away the armor that he was trusting in, steals his goods and wrecks his home.

This can only happen if the strong man is bound and defeated.

He who is not with me is against me, and the person who is not gathering with me is scattering.

The truth you need to understand is this: Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven. But the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone that speaks a word against the Son of man can be forgiven.

But anyone that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven and has committed an eternal sin. This is a sin that will not be forgiven in this world or in the world to come.

This was Jesus’ response to those who said he had an unclean spirit.

Jesus continued:

Be honest, say that the tree is good and produces good fruit or say that the tree is corrupt and produces corrupt fruit.

You children of snakes: how can you, being evil, speak good things. For out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks.

The good man, out of the good stored in him, produces good things. The evil man, out of the evil stored in him, produces evil things.

I tell you this, every careless word that a man speaks, he will give an account for it on the day of judgment. Your words will either justify you or they will condemn you.

Monday, 29 June 2009

jesus at Galilee

Sheep grazing in Galilee

After this, Jesus began preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God to all the cities and villages in Galilee. His disciples were with him.

Jesus and his disciples were supported by Mary Magdalene, the woman Jesus had healed of evil spirits, Joanna, the wife of King Herod’s steward, Susanna, and many others. They provided the disciples meals and help support their ministry.

As Jesus entered a home for a meal, the crowds flocked to him with such enthusiasm and so pressed in around Jesus that he could not even eat.

Jesus’ brothers and mother went to try and rescue Jesus. They lacked faith and believed that Jesus was being swept away by a religious zealousness that was putting his safety in danger.

But Jesus continued to heal and cast out demons. They brought a demon-possessed man to Jesus who was both deaf and blind. Jesus healed him, and the man was restored to his right mind and began to speak and to see.

The crowds were amazed and some began to say:

Could this be the son of David?

Sunday, 28 June 2009

A woman who was known as a sinner found out that Jesus was in the house.

Harvesting olives in Samaria

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to his home. Jesus accepted and went to the Pharisee’s home to eat a meal with him.

A woman who was known as a sinner found out that Jesus was in the house.

She entered the house carrying an alabaster bottle of ointment perfume. She went to the end of the couch that Jesus was reclining on and stood weeping so that her tears wet Jesus feet.

She then began to wipe Jesus feet with her hair, kissed his feet and anointed them with the perfumed oil.

The Pharisee said to himself:

If this man were a prophet he would have known that this is a sinful woman and would not allow her to touch him.

Jesus knew what his host was thinking said:

Simon ( that was the Pharisee’s name), I have something to say to you.

Simon said:
Teacher, tell me what is on your mind.

Jesus said:
A lender had two debtors: One owed him 500 shillings and the other owed him 50. Neither of the debtors was able to pay the lender back, so he forgave both debts. Now let me ask you a question: Which of the debtors will love the lender the most?

Simon answered:
I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.

Jesus said:
You have given the right answer.

Turning to the woman, he said to Simon:
Do you see this woman? I came into your house and you gave me no water to wash my feet, but she has wetted my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

You did not give me a greeting kiss; but she, since the time I came into your house, has not stopped kissing my feet.

You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.

I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven because she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, little love is shown.

Jesus said to the woman:
Your sins are forgiven.

Those who were at the table with Jesus began to say to each other:

Who does he think he is, that he can forgive sins?

Jesus said to the woman:
Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

John the Baptist ask Jesus

Springtime in Galilee

John the Baptist had been thrown into prison.

John’s disciples kept him updated on what Jesus was teaching and the miracles that he was working.

John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus:

Are you the Messiah we have been expecting or should we be looking for someone else?

John’s disciples found Jesus, and as they waited for an answer to take back to John the Baptist, Jesus cured many diseases, healed those with the plague, cast out demons and restored sight to the blind.

Jesus then answered the disciples of John by saying:
Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard, the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the poor have good news preached to them. Tell John that blessed is the person who finds no reason to disbelieve in me

When John’s messengers left, Jesus began to teach the crowds regarding John the Baptist:

What did you go out in the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? A man dressed in expensive clothes? Those who are finely dressed are in kings’ houses. What did you expect to see? A prophet?

Yes, I tell you that John the Baptist was much more than a prophet.

He was the one the prophets wrote about when they said:

Behold, I send my messenger before your face, and he will prepare the way ahead of you.

The truth that you need to understand is that of all born of women there has never been a prophet greater than John the Baptist, and yet the most humble and least important person in the coming kingdom is greater than he.

All the common people who heard this agreed with God’s wisdom in sending John to baptize in order that men might repent and get ready for the kingdom.

But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the whole idea that John’s baptism was necessary or important.

Then Jesus taught them and said:

This generation is like two groups of children sitting in the marketplace. One group called to the other to play with them, but the other group was sullen and stubborn and would not play.

The one group said to the other, we played music but you would not dance: We wailed but you would not weep.

Jesus continued teaching:

John the Baptist came neither eating or drinking and they say his has a demon. The Son of man has come eating and drinking, and you say, Look, a gluttonous man and a drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!

Jesus then spoke about the cities in which he did most of his miracles:

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida! If the mighty works that were done in your city had been done in Tyre and Sidon they would have repented in sack cloth and ashes long ago. When the day of judgment comes, Tyre and Sidon will be judged more lightly than you.

And will Capernaum be exalted to heaven? No, it will be cast down to hell. If the mighty works that had been done in Capernaum, had been done in Sodom, they would have repented and the city would be standing today. It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom at the day of judgment than for you.

Jesus then stopped and prayed out loud to his heavenly Father and said:

I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and the educated and that you revealed them to the pure and childlike. Yes Father, for this is what pleases you.

Jesus continued:

All things have been given to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father; and no one knows the Father but the Son, and those to whom the Son decides to reveal him.

Come to me, all of you whose souls labor and are burdened down, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn about me: for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.

My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Jesus Raises the Widow's Son

Modern highway follows ancient via Maris, an east-west trade route Samaria

Soon after healing the centurion’s servant, Jesus, his disciples and a great multitude went to a city called Nain.

As he came near to the city gate, there was a funeral procession carrying a dead boy out of the city. The boy was the only son of a widow, and many of the people from the city were with her.

When Jesus saw her, he told her:
Don’t weep.
He approached the coffin and those who were carrying the coffin stood still.

Jesus said to the young man:
I say to you, get up. And the boy who had been dead sat up and began to speak. Jesus gave him to his mother.

Everyone became filled with fear, and they glorified God, saying

A great prophet has appeared among us, and God has visited his people.
The news of the dead boy being raised to life spread out to all of Judea and beyond.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Jesus said to the centurion: Go your way, it has been done just as you believed.

Roman ruins in Samaria

After Jesus had finished preaching in parables to the multitude, he went down the mountain and entered Capernaum. The multitudes followed him.

He was greeted by a delegation of Jews who asked him to heal a centurion’s gravely ill servant because he was a man who loved the nation of Israel and had built a synagogue with his own money

Jesus agreed. But as he approached the centurion’s home, the centurion sent out friends to ask Jesus not to trouble himself by coming into his home.

He then approached Jesus and said he did not feel he was worthy for Jesus to enter his home, nor even worthy to meet Jesus himself.

He asked Jesus to just say the word and his servant would be healed. The centurion said he had authority over soldiers who would obey him

When Jesus heard this,he turned to the crowd that followed him and said:
Truly I say to you, I have not found faith this great, not even in Israel.

And I tell you that many will come from the east and the west and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom, the Israelites, shall be cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus said to the centurion:
Go your way, it has been done just as you believed. And when the centurion returned to his house he found the servant healed and whole.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

jesus say Everyone who comes to me and hears my words

Jesus said:

Why do you call me Lord and do not do the things which I told you to do?

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them is like the builder who dug the foundation deep into the ground and laid its foundation on the solid rock.

The rains came and the floods poured down and the winds blew and beat against the house, but the house remained solid because its foundation was built on the rock.

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does not do them is like the builder who dug the foundation into the sand.

The rains came and the floods poured down and the winds blew and beat against the house, and the house collapsed because its foundation was built on sand.

After Jesus finished these teachings, the multitudes were astonished because he taught them as someone with authority, not as their scribes.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

jesus say Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven

Fish pond on Kibbutz in Galilee

The Golden Rule
Jesus said:
Treat others in all the ways you would like others to treat you. This is the teaching of the law and the prophets.

Jesus said:
Enter in by the narrow gate. Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter that gate.

Narrow is the gate and straight is the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from a thorn bush, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit.

The corrupt tree produces evil fruit. The tree that produces corrupt fruit will be cut down and burned by fire.

Therefore, by their fruits you shall know them. The good man, out of the treasure of his heart, will produce what is good. The evil man will produce what is evil. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven -- only those who do the will of my father who is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day of final judgment, Lord, didn’t we prophecy in your name, didn’t we cast out demons in your name and do many mighty works?

I will confess to them, I never knew you: Go away from me, you workers of lawlessness.

Monday, 22 June 2009

jesus say Ask and it will be given to you

Galileean farmer

Jesus said:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened up to you. For everyone who asks will receive. The person who seeks will find. The one who knocks will have the door opened.

Who among you, if his son should ask him for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?

Sunday, 21 June 2009

jesus asked, Can the blind lead the blind?

Jesus said:

Judge not so that you will not be judged. The judgments that you make will be the same judgments by which you are judged.

Whatever judgment you measure out will be the same judgment you receive. Do not condemn others and you will not be condemned. Be merciful and you will receive mercy.

Give and it will be given to you; all that you need, pressed down, shaken together, running over. For whatever measuring cup you use to give to others, the same measuring cup will be used to give to you.

Jesus then told his disciples a parable:

He asked them, Can the blind lead the blind? Won’t they both fall into a pit? The disciple is not greater than his teacher.

And why are you looking at the small speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and not considering the huge timber beam that is in your own eye?

How can you be of any help removing the speck from your brother’s eye when you have a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, remove the beam from your own eye so that you can see clearly to pick the speck out of your brothers eye.

Do not give things that are holy to vicious dogs, and do not cast your pearls before wild boars, for they will just trample them under feet and then turn on you to do you harm.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

jesus said tomorrow will take care of itself.

Jesus said:
Don’t put away treasures for yourself here on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal.

Put away treasure for yourself in heaven, where there are no moths to consume and no rust to destroy, and no thieves to break in and steal. Where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be also.

The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is focused on eternal things then our whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is focused on evil things,then your whole body will be full of darkness. And great is that darkness.

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one master and love the other; or he will be loyal to one master and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and earthly riches.

The conclusion is this: do not be anxious about your life, what you eat or drink or the clothes you wear. Isn’t life more than food, body and clothing?

Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant or grow crops, nor do they gather provisions into barns. And your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable than the birds?

Which of you, by being anxious, can add one minute to the length of his life? And why are you anxious about what you wear?

Consider the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t labor or sew clothing and yet even Solomon, in all his glory, was not dressed like one of these.

If God takes care of the clothing for the grass of the fields, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown in the oven, won’t he be even more concerned to clothe you?

Do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? How will we be clothed? These are things that the Gentiles are seeking after.

Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.

But you should seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you. Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.

There is enough trouble in one day without adding to it by borrowing trouble from tomorrow.

Friday, 19 June 2009

jesus say when you pray

Spring flowers at the site of the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus said:
Be careful that you do not do your righteous acts only to be seen by men: If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

When you give your gifts and tithes, do not sound a trumpet to announce your giving like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, in order to be seen and receive glory from men. The truth you need to understand is that by giving in this way you have already received their reward.

Instead, when you give your gifts and tithes, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Do your giving in secret and your heavenly Father who sees in secret will reward you

And when you pray, don’t imitate the hypocrites who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the prominent street corners in order that men will see and hear them. The truth about this is that they have already received their reward.

When you pray, go into a private place and shut the door in order that you might pray to your father who is in secret. Your heavenly Father, who sees all the secret and hidden things, will reward you.

When you pray do not use vain repetitions, like the Gentiles do: They have the mistaken idea that they will be heard because they repeat their prayers over and over and speak a lot of words. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you even ask him.

This is way you should pray:

Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. May your kingdom come. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. And forgive us our debts in the same way that we forgive those who owe us anything. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their trespasses; your Father will not forgive your trespasses.

And when you fast, don’t act like the hypocrites who put on a sad face and change their appearance in order to look glum and unkempt in order to be seen by men. The truth you need to understand is that they already have their reward.

When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that men will not notice that you are fasting. Your Father in heaven will know and he will reward you.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

jesus Teaching

The Sea of Galilee at sunrise.

Jesus said:
Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy, I came to fulfill.

I tell you an important truth, Until heaven and earth pass away, not one small stroke of the pen, or the smallest letter in the alphabet will be removed from the law until all things are accomplished.

Whoever breaks even one of the least of the commandments, and teaches men to break them, will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:

But, whoever teaches the law of God -- and also does it -- will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Unless your righteousness is greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not even enter the kingdom of heaven

You have heard it said for ages, You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that anyone who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Heretic’ shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say ‘You fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

If you are offering your gift at the altar, and while you are there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go find your brother and be reconciled, and then come offer your gift.

Agree with your adversary quickly, before he goes to the judge, or your adversary will take you in front of the judge, and the judge will turn you over to an officer of the court who will cast you into prison.

You have heard that it has been said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, anyone that even looks at a woman with lust for her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better that a part of your body perish than your whole body be cast into hell.

If your right hand causes you to do evil, cut it off and throw it away: It is better that you cut off a part of your body and throw it away than your whole body be cast into hell.

It is said, Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But I say to you, anyone who divorces his wife, except for fornication, makes her an adulteress: And whoever marries her after she is divorced commits adultery.

Again, you have heard the old saying:

‘You shall keep the oaths made to God.

And so you swear oaths in which God is not mentioned, thinking that you can avoid keeping your word. I say to you, do not swear and oath at all; not by heaven, for it is the throne of God; not by earth, for it is the footstool of God; not by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. Do not swear an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

Instead, let your speech be ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Anything more than this is of the evil one.

You have heard that it is said, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist the evil person. Whoever hits you on your right cheek, turn the other cheek to him. And if someone takes you to court to take away your coat, let him have your overcoat also.

If someone forces you to go a mile with him, go the second mile on your own.

Give to the person who asks you for something. If someone wants to borrow something from you, let him borrow it.

You have heard that it is said, ‘you shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies, do good to them who hate you, bless them who curse you, and pray for them who persecute you and misuse you.

In this way, you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on both the just and the unjust.

So, to the person who hits you on one cheek, offer the other; and to the person who takes away your coat, give him your overcoat also. Give to everyone who asks. Do not try and recover your property from someone who borrows it and does not return it.

If you only love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors love their friends, and even the sinners love those that love them. If you only do good to those who do good to you, what reward do you have? Even the sinners do that.

If you lend to someone, expecting to receive it back, what reward to you have? Even sinners lend money expecting to get an equal amount or more back.

Love your enemies and do them good. Keep in mind that God is kind to the unthankful and the evil.

If you give a kind greeting to your friends and relatives only, what is noteworthy about that? Everyone does that.

You are to be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Valley below the site of the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him" (Revelation 3:20).

you can invite Jesus Christ into your life. You could say to Him something like, "Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I ask You to forgive me and to come into my life right now. Thank You for giving me a relationship with You.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Duties of jesus subjects

Jesus said:
You are the salt of the earth; but if a salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is good for nothing and is cast out and trampled under the feet of men.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a pot. They put it on a lamp stand so that it can provide light for everyone in the house.

In the same way, you are to let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Jesus said

Chapel of the Beatitudes in Galilee

Jesus said:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the sons of God

Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the poor: for theirs is the kingdom of God.

Blessed are you who hunger now: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are you that weep now: for they shall laugh.

Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they exclude you from their company, and reproach you, and call out your name as evil, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice in that day, and be exceeding glad, and leap for joy; for your reward is great in heaven, for this is the same way their fathers treated the prophets and persecuted the prophets that came before you.

But woe to you who are rich! For ye have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now! For you shall be hungry. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

Woe to you, when all men speak well of you! For this is the same way they treated the false prophets.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Jesus went up the mountain again

Sheep graze near the site of the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus went up the mountain again and found a place to sit down. His disciples came to him. Jesus lifted his eyes and looked at them and began to teach them.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Jesus came down the mountain

Beatitudes Chapel at the site of the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus came down the mountain with his disciples and found a level place.

He was joined by a multitude of other disciples and a great number of people from all of Judea and Jerusalem, and crowds from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. When Jesus saw the multitudes he healed those who were sick and diseased.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Jesus Selects Twelve Apostles

Days later, Jesus went into the mountains to pray, and he continued to pray to God all night. When the morning came, he called his disciples and named the ones that he wanted to continue following him.

Here are the names of the apostles who Jesus chose:

1. Simon, who is called Peter
2. Andrew, brother of Simon
3. James, son of Zebedee (nicknamed sons of thunder)
4. John, brother of James (nicknamed sons of thunder)
5. Bartholomew
6. Phillip
7. Thomas, also called Didymus
8. Matthew the tax collector, also called Levi
9. James, son of Alphaeus
10. Thaddaeus
11. Simon the Cananaean (the zealot)
12. Judas Iscariot ( the one who betrayed Jesus)

Friday, 12 June 2009

Jesus Heals Multitudes

Flowering almond tree in desert

Many followed him who were from Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem and Idumea, including crowds that were from beyond the Jordan and those around Tyre and Sidon.

Jesus healed all those who were sick and diseased, but told them not to speak of it in order that the Scriptures would be fulfilled

Again, it was Isaiah the prophet who said:
Look at my servant who I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him, and he will declare judgment to the Gentiles.
He will not strive, nor cry aloud; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking wick he will not extinguish, until the authoritative announcement of the divine purpose and will, is sent out and has advanced to its final triumph.

The crowds were literally falling all over Jesus, so he asked his disciples to arrange for him to have a boat waiting on shore so he could escape the press of the crowd.

The demonically possessed fell down before Jesus and cried:
You are the Son of God.
Jesus continued to tell them not to speak. The sick, and even those with plagues, pressed from every side in order to get close enough to Jesus to touch him.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

jesus on Healing the Sabbath

On another Sabbath day, Jesus entered into a synagogue and began to teach. There was a man in the synagogue with a withered right hand. The scribes and the Pharisees watched to see if Jesus would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they would have something to bring as an accusation against him.

They asked Jesus:
Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?

Jesus spoke to them:
What man here who has one sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath day will not grab that sheep and pull it up out of the pit?

How much more valuable is a man than a sheep. It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day. Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do harm?
To save a life or to destroy a life?

The scribes and the Pharisees said nothing.

Jesus looked around at the congregation and became angry and grieved at the hardness of their hearts.

He said to the man in the midst of the assembly with the withered hand:

Stretch out your hand.
The man did as Jesus commanded. He stretched it out and it was restored, as whole as his other hand.
The scribes and the Pharisees were filled with anger and discussed with one another what they should do to Jesus. The Pharisees left the building and began conspiring with the secular powers under the authority of King Herod to figure out how they might destroy Jesus.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Jesus Defends His Disciples

Jerusalem, Tower of David

Jesus and his disciples were walking together on the Sabbath day through a grain field, probably on their way from Jerusalem to Galilee. His disciples, who were hungry, began to pluck grain, rub it in their hands and eat it.

Some Pharisees saw the disciples eating the grain and said to Jesus:
Look, your disciples are breaking the law of the Sabbath. Why are you doing what is unlawful to do on the Sabbath.

Jesus answered:
Haven’t you read what King David did when he and his companions were hungry?

Remember how he came into the house of God, when Abiathar was the high priest, and took and ate the showbread and shared it with the entire company that was with him.

Was it lawful for David or his company to eat the showbread that was reserved for the priests alone?

Have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day the priests in the temple engaged in chores and activities that were against the law for others.

Were they guiltless? I tell you this. Someone who is greater than the temple is here.

If you really knew what it meant when God declared through the prophet, I desire mercy, not sacrifice; you would not have condemned the guiltless.

The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.

The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: The Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Jesus on the Sabbath Day

Jerusalem's Damascus gate into the Old City at sunset

Jesus went to Jerusalem on the Sabbath.By the sheep gate in town was a pool, which in Hebrew is called Bethesda. The pool had five covered porches, where many sick, blind, lame and withered peope lived. One man had been there 38 years.

When Jesus saw him lying there, he said to the man:
Do you want to be healed?

The sick man said:
Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the waters are stirred. Someone always goes in ahead of me.

Jesus said:
Stand up, take up your bed and walk.

Just like that, the man was healed.

they asked:
Who is this man who told you to take up your bed and walk? They asked.
The healed man did not know because Jesus had left the area.

spring flowers in the Judean desert.

Afterwards, Jesus found the man in the temple and said to him:
Look, you are healed; do not sin anymore or else a worse thing will happen to you.

The man went away and found the Jews. He told them that it was Jesus who had healed him.

After learning this, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this work on the Sabbath.

Jesus told them:
My Father is working even up until this moment, and I will work also.

The Jews took great insult at what Jesus said and became determined to kill him. They were angry because he made himself equal to God -- not just that he had healed a man on the Sabbath.

Jesus responded, at great length:

Listen carefully to the truth I am going to declare to you: The Son can do nothing by himself, but only what he sees the Father doing.

Whatever the Father does, the Son will do the same. The Father loves the Son and shows him all the things that he does, and even greater works than what you have already seen will be done so that you will marvel.

Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, in the same way the Son will also give life to whoever he will.

The Father is not going to judge any man, he has given the authority to judge to the Son, so that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.

The person that does not honor the Son, does not honor the Father who sent him.

Listen carefully to the truth I am going to declare to you. Whoever hears my word and believes in the Father who sent me has eternal life.

This person does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

The hour is coming and, and now is here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God.

Those who hear will live. Just as the Father has life in himself, in the same way he gave to the Son life in himself, and the Father has given the Son authority to execute judgment because he is the Son of man.

Don’t be amazed at what I am saying to you: The hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice, and they will come out, those that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those that have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

By myself I can do nothing: I judge only according to what I hear from the Father.

My judgment is right and perfect because it expresses the will of my Father, and my Father is the one that sent me to do his will, and it is his will I seek, not my own.

If I bear testimony of myself, then my testimony is not true. It is the Father that bears testimony, and I know that his testimony is true.

You have inquired of John the Baptist, and he has borne witness to the truth. But the testimony that I receive is not from a man. I am telling you these things so that you will be saved.

John the Baptist was like an oil lamp that burns and shines light, and you were willing to rejoice for a short time in his light.

But the testimony that I have is greater and more convincing than that of John the Baptist; for the works that the Father has given me to accomplish are the very works that I do, and they testify of me, and they prove that the Father has sent me.

The Father that sent me has testified of me. But you have not heard his voice at any time.

You do not have his word living in you, and this is evidenced by the fact that you do not believe the one that the Father has sent.

You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify and bear witness about me, but you will not come to me in order that you might have life.

I do not receive glory from people. I know you, and you do not have the love of God living in you.

I have come in my Father’s name and you will not receive me. If someone else comes in their own name, you will receive them. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another, but refuse to seek the glory that comes from God.

Don’t think that it is necessary for me to bring accusation against you to my Father. There is already one that accuses you and his name is Moses, the one on whom you have set your hopes.

If you really believed Moses, then you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what Moses wrote, how can you believe my words?

Monday, 8 June 2009

followed Jesus.

Sea of Galilee at sunrise

After the healing of the paralytic, Jesus went to the seaside to walk along the shore. The crowds followed him and he taught them as he walked along the sea.

Jesus passed a man named Matthew, son of Alphaeus. Matthew was a tax collector and was sitting at his place of business.

Jesus said to him:
Follow me.

Matthew immediately left all his business, stood up, and followed Jesus.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

Jesus returned to Capernaum for more teaching.Jesus was teaching them the word of God. Pharisees and doctors of the law had come from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem.

Jesus was displaying the Lord’s power as healed people of all sorts of sickness and disease.

Four men carried a man in a bed who was paralyzed, but they could not reach Jesus because of the crowds.

So they carried the man up the stairs to the rooftop where they uncovered the roof tiles and let the man down through the hole in the roof. They let him down right in the middle of the crowd where Jesus was teaching and healing.

So they carried the man up the stairs to the rooftop where they uncovered the roof tiles and let the man down through the hole in the roof. They let him down right in the middle of the crowd where Jesus was teaching and healing.

How can he say something like this? He is a blasphemer. Who is this person speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins? Only God can forgive a man’s sins.

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them:

Why are you thinking evil thoughts in your hearts? What is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, 'your sins be forgiven,' or to say, 'stand up and take up your bed and walk?'

The man immediately stood up and took his bed and walked in front of everyone. He left for his house, glorifying God. Everyone was amazed, and when the crowd saw what had happened, they were afraid.

They were filled with excitement and began glorifying God who had given such authority to a man.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Jesus Heals a Leper

Streetscape in Galilee's Safed

While Jesus was in one of the cities a man full of leprosy came to him, and when he saw Jesus he cried out to him and knelt down in front of him and fell on his face and worshipped him, and begged Jesus:
Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.

Jesus was moved with compassion and stretched out his hand and touched him.
Jesus said:
I am willing. You are made clean.

Immediately, the leprosy was gone. Then Jesus sent him away, strictly instructing him not to say anything about what had happened, but to go to the priest and offer a sacrifice for cleansing, according to the law of Moses.

The man left Jesus and began to tell everyone what had happened to him and to spread the news of his deliverance from leprosy.

This caused much excitement and great crowds came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their infirmities.

The crowds became so large that Jesus could no longer enter openly into the city.
Jesus withdrew to a place in the desert where he prayed. But people pursued him from every part of the country.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Jesus mission

Modern Kibbutz agriculture in Galilee

Simon and those with him followed, and when they found jesus, they said:
Everyone is looking for you.

Jesus said to them:
Let’s go into the next town where I can preach, for this is my mission.

The crowds looked for Jesus and when they found him they begged him not to leave their city.

But Jesus said to them:
I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also, this is why I was sent

News of Jesus spread into all Syria, and people brought to Jesus all who were sick, those tormented by demons, the epileptic and palsied. He healed them all.

A great crowd followed Jesus from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

jesus heal simon mother

After Jesus had healed the demoniac, he left the synagogue and went into the house of Simon and Andrew.

Jesus found that Simon’s mother-in-law sick with a high fever. All the members of the household asked Jesus to heal her.

Jesus stood over her, rebuked the fever and touched her hand. She immediately got up and the fever left her.

Full of vigor, she began serving Jesus and his disciples.

Soon, all the city's people gathered outside the house Jesus was staying.

The demons came out of their victims, screaming and saying, You are the Son of God.
Jesus rebuked the demons and commanded them not to speak or declare that he was the Christ.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Jesus instructed the demon to come out of the man.

Capernaum overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

That Sabbath, Jesus entered into the synagogue and began teaching.
While Jesus was teaching, a man with a wicked, unclean spirit entered the synagogue and cried out with a loud voice:
Ah! What have we to do with you, Jesus you Nazarene, have you come to destroy us? I know who you are; you’re the Holy One of God.

Jesus rebuked the demon within the man's body and told him not to say any more.

Jesus instructed the demon to come out of the man. The demon threw the man down and caused him to have convulsions and to cry with a loud voice.
But the demon departed as Jesus had commanded, leaving the man unhurt.

Everyone was amazed. They began to ask each other questions:
Who is this? What is this new teaching? With authority and power he commands even the unclean spirits to come out of a man and they obey him!

The news of this immediately spread. Rumors started concerning Jesus.

Everywhere in the region of Galilee and the outlying areas they were talking about Jesus.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

Fishermen on the Sea of Galilee

As Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon and his brother Andrew, fishing with nets in the sea.

Jesus said to them:
Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

As Jesus went a little farther he saw two more brothers fishing, James, son of Zebedee, and his brother, John. They were both in the fishing boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus called to them.

Jesus saw a couple of empty boats near the shore. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to shove the boat a little ways from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and began teaching to the crowd.

When Jesus was done teaching, he told Simon to get into the boat with his nets and head for deeper waters to put out his nets.

Simon said:
Master we have worked hard all night and have been unable to catch any fish, but if you say so I will put the nets down as you wish.

As soon as Peter did as Jesus had requested, they were filled with many fish, so many that the nets started to tear. They called for their partners in a nearby boat to help. They came and filled up both boats with so many fish that the boats began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said:
Go away from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

He was filled with amazement, as was everyone else who saw all the fish that filled the boats. James and John were partners with Simon in the fishing business.

Jesus said to Simon:
Don’t be afraid: From now on you will catch men.

And as soon as they got the boats to shore, they immediately left their nets and their boats and their father and followed Jesus.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Second Miracle at Cana by jesus

Site of biblical city of Capernaum

jesus returned to Cana where jesus had turned the water into wine. There was a nobleman in Capernaum whose son was sick.

When he heard that Jesus was in the area, he found Jesus and begged him to heal his son, who was at the point of death.

Jesus said to him:
Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.

The nobleman said:
Sir, come down or else my child will die.

Jesus said:
Go your way: your son is alive and well.

The man believed Jesus and went home.

As he was going to see his son, his servants met him with news that his son was fully recovered.

The father knew that was at the same hour that Jesus had told him that his son was alive and well.

The nobleman believed in Jesus, as did his entire household.