Two Miracles In A Day; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

The return trip across the lake went much smoother. We didn’t almost die in a storm or encounter demons. The last day had been eventful.

“Look!” Thomas pointed. A large crowd awaited. One of the boats that went with us must’ve got there first.

They surrounded Jesus when he climbed down. A man was running through the crowd, Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came and fell at Jesus’ feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”

So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed us and pressed around him. Then Jesus stood still. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?

“You see the people crowding against you,” Matthew answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then a woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.

“I’ve been bleeding for twelve years. Many doctors tried to help and I spent all I had, yet instead of getting better I grew worse. I heard you had returned and I thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately my bleeding stopped and I felt in my body that I was free from my suffering. My strength had returned.”

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.

She had touched all those people while ceremonially unclean to get to Jesus. Jairus was looking impatient while she spoke.

“Jesus…” he said. Then while Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. I watched them leave us. Later they returned and Peter told us what happened.

“When we came to the home of the synagogue leader, there was a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. We went in and Jesus said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.”

“Laughed at him?”
“Yeah, said he was crazy. So Jesus made them all leave. Jairus made sure of it. He took the child’s father and mother and us and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!

“Little girl, I say to you, get up!” I thought.

“Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around. She was 12 years old. It was amazing. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”

Whoa…

Matthew 9:18-26
Mark 5:21-43
Luke 8:40-56

Jesus vs A Legion of Demons; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy!

We arrived at the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When we stepped ashore, Jesus was met by two men coming from the tombs. They screeched and were naked except for the broken chains they dragged with them. I fell down backing up, tripping over my own feet.

“Lord…” Judas said.

Jesus commanded the demons to leave.

When they saw Jesus, they cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of their voices, “What do you want with us, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”

A man in the distance shouted, “Many times demons have seized them, and though they were chained hand and foot and kept under guard, they had broken their chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.”

“Broken their chains?” I scooted back more.

Jesus asked one of the demon-possessed men, “What is your name?

“Legion,” he replied because many demons had gone into them. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

The Abyss is where spirits are bound. I heard a squeal. I looked.

A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

“Can demons be bound to bodies or under water?” John asked.
“I think so,” James answered.

When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off. One of the formerly possessed men ran off, cheering. The other stayed. Matthew said, “He looks to be my size.”
He went to the boat, rummaged around and got him some clothes from his sack.

Soon we heard a crowd coming. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to him speak, dressed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.

“Is he a sorcerer?” I heard one ask. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.

From a distance, one shouted, “Please leave. We don’t want any trouble.”

“Don’t they know who he is?” Nathaniel asked.
“No,” Peter replied. “They’re not Jewish like us, they don’t understand the Scriptures. Instead, they see him as a magician.” Jesus turned and went back towards the boat.

The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away to tell all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Luke 8:26-39
Matthew 8:28-34

Jesus Vs A Storm; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

Later that day Jesus came to us, saying, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd and town behind, Peter took us to his boat. I looked at it, crafted mostly of cedar, it was about 25 feet long, 7 feet wide and 4 feet deep. We climbed in.

James looked at the sky as he settled in one of the four places for rowers.
“What?” I asked.
“I think we’ll be fine.”
“Huh?”
“The shape of the hills surrounding us can whip up terrible storms. I don’t think that’ll happen today.”

There were also other boats following us. Taking advantage of an opportunity to rest, Jesus went to sleep on the elevated stern.

Later, the winds increased and Peter and John dropped the sail. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, still sleeping on a cushion.

I never saw Peter panic before, but the concern I saw on the three fishermen’s faces worried me. “Bail faster!” Matthew yelled. I focused on getting as much water as I can out of the boat.

“How is Jesus still asleep?” Nathaniel asked. We woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, looked around while holding the boat’s mast, then rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He looked at us, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?

We looked at each other, eyes wide and mouths open in shock, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Only God controls the weather and this man stopped a storm with three words…

Mark 4:35-41
Matthew 8:23-27
Luke 8:22-25