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As Jesus’ popularity grows, he has to take care with the crowds since they could easily try to fit him into their expectations and ideas rather than listen to his teaching about God’s will. So Jesus uses parables to find
Jesus’ natural family considers him insane. Jesus’ legal family considers him wicked. But in a home in Galilee, he is surrounded by his new family formed from those who do the will of God, which means those committed to his
Jesus’ kingdom is not like others. His route as king is very different from that of other world leaders. This confuses many. His family fear for his choices and think him mad. Officials from Jerusalem are bothered by his actions
Sin is the virus which has gone throughout the world. It has created fear in human hearts, especially the fear of death. As a result of our bad behaviour, God has had to put the the world into a form
Jesus could so easily become a king in the normal way, given the size of the crowds who are flooding to him and the power he appears to wield. Yet his kingdom is not of this world. So he does
Jesus can do nothing for his opponents until they are willing to open their minds, because they are trapped by their traditions and rules. This is now demonstrated by a clash over the keeping of the Sabbath day of rest.
Jesus has previously shown that his miracles are pointers to his greatest work: forgiveness for sin. That’s even clearer when he calls Levi to follow him. Though named after the priestly tribe of Israel, this man has become an ‘unclean’
As Jesus works through the synagogues of Galilee, he meets an ‘unclean’ man. The man has a skin disease which is not only unpleasant but also blocks him out from Israel’s worship. With a single touch, Jesus transforms the man.
Recent events at a synagogue stir interest in Jesus, but he won’t play to the crowds. He heads to the private residence of Simon and Andrew, even though it is currently a place of sickness. There he touchingly heals Simon’s