In Capernaum.

This series of blogs is the life of Jesus in chronological order.

In Capernaum, Jesus healed a demoniac on the Sabbath day and healed Peter’s mother. Matt.4:14-17; Isa.53:4. When preaching in Galilee, Jesus cleansed a leper. This miracle had not been performed in Israel since Elijah prayed for Naaman the Syrian and not for an Israelite since Moses. Jesus had already spoken to Nicodemas and the religious leaders knew that Jesus was of God. The religious leaders enjoyed great wealth and power and like Herod weren’t easily persuaded to give up all for God. This miracle marked the beginning of the end for the religious leaders and they knew it. Matt.8:1-5; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16;
Lev.13:49; 14:2f.; Luke 4:27.
In Capernaum, Jesus began to reveal himself as Messiah. He healed a paralytic and forgave him his sins. Only God can forgive sins. Matt.9:1-8; Mark 2:1-13; Luke 5:17:26; Ps.32:5; Isa.43:25.
Jesus and his disciples went to Jerusalem for the Passover. On the way back, they passed through a grain field and picked grain to eat and healed a man on the Sabbath day. The religious leaders began disputing with him about his actions on the Sabbath day. The Sabbath was instiuted by God to honor him. To honor God, one must do his will. To do God’s will is to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.
For the letter of the Law kills, but the Spirit gives life. Again the religious leaders see their kingdom falling and want to kill Jesus. Matt.12:1-21; Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-6; Luke 6:1-11; Deut.5:14; 2 Cor.3:6.

Crain Blanchard.

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