Jesus remains beside the Sea of Galilee
Jesus Challenges Would-be Followers (Matt. 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62)
- Jesus saw a crowd gathering and gave orders to cross over the lake.
- A teacher of the law told Jesus he'd follow Him wherever he went. Jesus replied that He had nowhere to rest His head.
- Jesus told another man to follow Him, but that man said he must first bury his dad. Jesus said, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
- Another asked Jesus to first go say goodbye to his family. To this man, Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
- What is the point of Jesus' statements to the men who asked for time before following Him?
- Were these men's requests unreasonable?
Jesus Calms the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41; Matt. 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25)
- When evening came that same day, Jesus told His disciples they should cross over the Sea of Galilee.
- A furious storm came up, so bad that the waves were crashing over the side of the boat and the other boats with them. The boat was nearly swamped.
Note: Don't lose site of the fact many of Jesus' disciples were experienced fishermen, familiar with sailing and being on the water. No doubt this was not their first storm, yet they were afraid. This should impress upon us the severity of this storm. Sometimes it might be easy to belittle the storms due to the Bible's lack of descriptive language
- Jesus was asleep inside the boat.
- The disciples woke Jesus and asked if He cared if they drowned. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and told the waves to be still, and everything was completely calm.
- Jesus asked the disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
- The disciples were terribly afraid and wondered who Jesus was that He had command over the wind and waves.
- Obviously Jesus cared about His disciples immensely. What enabled Him to sleep through the storm?
- What should have been the disciples' response to the storm?
- Was Jesus upset that they woke Him (that they called to Him for help)?
- How do you think you would have responded in that situation?
Demon-Possessed Gerasene (Mark 5:1-20; Matt. 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-39)
Jesus and the Disciples go to the Region of the Gerasenes
- As Jesus got out of the boat a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him.
- The man lived in tombs.
- No one could bind him, not even with chains. He had been often chained at his hands and feet but he broke them.
- Night and day he would cry out and cut himself among the tombs.
- When he saw Jesus, he ran and fell on his knees before Him. He asked Jesus not to torture him.
- Jesus inquired of the demons' name and he said, Legion, because there were many in him.
- The demons begged Jesus to send them into the pigs feeding on a nearby hillside. Jesus obliged and they obeyed and the pigs went running into the lake and drowned.
- The people tending the pigs went into the town and reported what Jesus did, and the people came out to see what happened. They saw Jesus with the formerly-demon-possessed man who was now in his right mind, and they were afraid.
- The people pleaded with Jesus to leave their region.
- As Jesus was getting back into the boat, the formerly-demon-possessed man begged Jesus to take him with Him. Jesus refused, told the man to go back to his family and share what Jesus had done for him.
- The man went to Decapolis and told people what Jesus had done, and they were amazed.
- What can we learn about the nature of demons from this account?
- Why did Jesus permit the demons to enter the pigs and destroy them, a significant financial loss to the owner(s)?
- Why do you think the people asked Jesus to leave their region?
Jairus Begs Jesus to Heal His Daughter (Mark 5:21-24a; Matt. 9:18-19; Luke 8:40-42)
- After Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee again, a large crowd gathered around Him.
- Jairus, one of the synagogue rulers came, fell at Jesus' feat, and pleaded earnestly for Jesus to heal his dying daughter. Jesus went with him.
Woman with Bleeding Problem Touches Jesus' Garment (Mark 5:24b-34; Matt. 9:20-22; Luke 8:43-48)
Jesus on the Way to Jairus' House
- As the crowd followed Jesus and pressed around Him, a woman who had an issue with bleeding for 12 years came up and touched Jesus' cloak, thinking that doing so would make her well.
- Jesus stopped, asked the crowd who touched Him, and kindly told the woman that her faith had made her well.
- What does the woman's faith indicate about accessing the power of Jesus (GOD)?
- Why did Jesus ask who touched Him, since He already knows all?
- How does this story relate to our faith today?
Jairus' Daughter Raised from the Dead (Mark 5:35-43; Matt. 9:23-26; Luke 8:49-56)
- As Jesus was still speaking to the woman, men came from Jairus' house and told him his daughter was dead. They had no faith and said, "Why bother the teacher any more?"
- Jesus told Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe." He told the people the girl was asleep and not dead; they laughed at Jesus.
- Jesus put everyone out and took only Peter, James and John in with Him. He took the girl by the hand and said, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!" She immediately stood up and walked around.
- The girl was 12 years old.
- Jesus told the astonished crowd not to say anything about this, and to give the girl some food.
- How big a difference does faith make in the amount of power, healing, and blessing that we receive from GOD?
- What does this account reveal about Jairus' faith?
- How would you respond if Jesus revived your daughter from death?
Two Blind Men Healed (Matt. 9:27-31)
- When Jesus left Jairus' house, two blind men followed Him, asking for mercy.
- Jesus went indoors and they followed Him. He asked if they believed He was able to heal them and they affirmed it.
- He touched their eyes and healed them according to their faith. Then Jesus warned them not to say anything about what He did, but they disobeyed and news spread all over the region.
Mute Man Made to Speak (Matt. 9:32-34)
- When the blind men left, a mute man who was demon-possessed was brought to Jesus.
- Jesus freed him from the demon and the crowd was amazed.
- The Pharisees said that Jesus drove out the demons by the power of the prince of the demons.
Jesus Rejected in Nazareth Again (Mark 6:1-6a)
Jesus and His disciples go to Nazareth
- Jesus went to Nazareth and, on the Sabbath, went into the synagogue to teach. Many were amazed at Him.
- Again they said, "Isn't this the carpenter, Mary's son and brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?" Jesus also had sisters.
- They were offended at Jesus, and He replied, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
- Jesus could do no miracles there except laying hands on a few sick people and healing them.
- Jesus was amazed at their lack of faith.