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Feeding the 5000

We are told in the Synoptic Gospels that just before Jesus fed the 5000 men, the disciples had returned from their mission to preach in the cities of Galilee. Herod had just executed John the Baptist and thought the rumors about Jesus and the Kingdom meant John had risen from the dead. Many of John’s disciples had come to Jesus looking for leadership, but Jesus knew most of the people were merely looking for another miracle. This seemed to be the extent of their attachment to him (John 2:23; 4:43-45, 48; 6:2). Therefore, Jesus took his disciples into a mountain to spend time alone—away from the crowds of people (John 6:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in feeding the 5000

 

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Marriage at Cana

The Synoptic Gospels put Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness between his baptism and his public ministry, but not John. John puts the marriage in Cana of Galilee between Jesus’ baptism and public life. Did you ever wonder if there is any significance in this? This is where Jesus changed water into wine and is the first of seven signs or specific miracles to which John refers. John mentions that Jesus did many miracles, but he refers us to seven particular miracles, saying these have special significance and reveal Jesus as the Messiah or Christ in order that we may believe and have life (John 20:30-31) Therefore, what does this first miracle mean, or what significance does it hold in revealing Jesus as the Messiah? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Gospel, Jesus, Religion

 

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