John 4:46-54; Luke 4:16-30; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20

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Jesus Heals A Government Official’s Son

John 4:46-54 (KJV) 46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.  47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  49 The nobleman saith unto Him, Sir, come down ere my child die.  50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.  54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

Jesus is Rejected In Nazareth

Luke 4:16-30 (KJV) 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17 And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  20 And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  22 And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

23 And He said unto them, Ye will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  24 And He said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.  28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong.  30 But He passing through the midst of them went His way,

Four Fisherman Follow Jesus

Matthew 4:18-22 (KJV) 18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  19 And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.  20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him.  21 And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.  22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him.

Mark 1:16-20 (KJV) 16 Now as He walked by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.  18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him. 19 And when He had gone a little farther thence, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.  20 And straightway He called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after Him.

STUDY the WORD

What did a certain nobleman request of Jesus (John 4:47)? For Jesus to come with him and heal his son who was near death.

What did Jesus say (John 4:50a)? He told the nobleman to go, that his son would live.

How did the nobleman respond (John 4:50b)? He believed Jesus’ words to him and he left.

Who believed with the nobleman (John 4:53)? His whole house.

What did Jesus do in the synagogue (Luke 4:16-17)? He stood up and read from the book of the prophet Esaias (Isaiah).

What happened when all those in the synagogue tried to get rid of Jesus (Luke 4:29)? Jesus passed through the midst of them and went His way.

Who did Jesus call to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-19, 21; Mark 1:16-17, 19-20)? Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  Did they follow Him (Matthew 4:20, 22; Mark 1:18, 20)? Yes they followed Jesus.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 4:21 And He (Jesus) began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Consider Luke 4:21 above. I believe Jesus was identifying Himself as the One who was fulfilling the words He had just read – Luke 4:18-19. How do you understand these verses?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.  

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

I love that Jesus was sent to preach the gospel to the poor in spirit.  I love that not only can the Lord heal our body but also our heart.  I love that the Lord can set us free not only physically but spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I love that the Lord can give us physical and spiritual sight.  I love that the Lord can liberate us from those who try to harm us in our body, mind, spirit and emotions.  I love that there is a day that all of this will happen and more.

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

I believe each believer has been called to teach and share all of the above with those in our sphere of influence.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for calling us to follow You.  Thank You for saving us. Thank You for sending Your Word.  Thank You for healing us, freeing us from captivity, giving us sight, liberating us from harm, and giving us a future with You.  In Your name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I tell others what the Lord has done for us.” <>< Dona