In the last extended period of Jesus' two-year ministry, we discover Him ministering mainly in the southern parts of Israel. With only about 6 months remaining before He is crucified in Jerusalem, this period is marked by severe statements of warning and pronouncements of judgment on Israel and the Jewish leadership.
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In this well-known scene from the Gospels, Jesus walks on the water and once again demonstrates His power and authority as the one true God. This episode looks at the four miraculous events that Jesus performs, causing the disciples to marvel and once again shattering their perception of Him.
For a resource on Jesus as the "I AM", see this book: Putting Jesus in His Place by Robert Bowman.
After only a few months of being Jesus' formal disciples, the Twelve are sent out two-by-two into the towns of Galilee with power and authority to appeal for the fruits of repentance. Unfortunately, many Galileans do not respond to their appeal. This episode examines the final events of Jesus' Middle Galilean ministry.
After Jesus calms the storm, He heals a demonized man in the region of the Gerasenes. Upon His return to Capernaum, He also heals Jairus' daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. These dramatic miracles occur very close together and continue to show forth Jesus' power and authority to the Galileans.
Jesus' parables are well-known but often misunderstood in modern times. Jesus did not use the parables to "rework" or "redefine" the fundamental hope of the Jews. This episode looks at several of His parables and sets them in the broader context of the message of Jesus and John the Baptist.
While Jesus was with a large crowd, His mother and brothers come searching for him. Not only was Jesus utterly misunderstood by most of the people He ministered to, but His own family and those He was closest to profoundly misunderstood Him. This episode looks at this scene and closes with a pastoral exhortation on how to deal with mistreatment.
While dining with some Pharisees, Jesus encounters a sinful woman who shed tears of repentance on His feet. Apart from the awkwardness of the situation, the Pharisees were made even more uncomfortable because Jesus once again asserts His divinity and forgives her sins.
Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.
Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:
- His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
- The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3
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