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Read Mark 11:1-11 Jesus walked 120 miles from Capernaum to Jerusalem to attend the Passover feast in Jerusalem.  He walked south down the east side of the Jordan River, crossing over and heading toward Jerusalem through Jericho.  The gospel writer Mark tells us in chapter 10 of His account that as Jesus left Jericho there was a large crowd following Him. The large crowd and commotion drew the attention of a blind man named Bartimaeus.  Bartimaeus shouted out for Jesus, and Jesus stopped and healed Bartimaeus. In addition to healing Bartimaeus, Jesus performed many miracles during His 3 year ministry.  Just a short time earlier, He raised Lazarus from the dead.  He healed every kind of sickness, and Bartimaeus was not the only blind person to receive sight.  From that day to this, people have sought out Jesus for their own reasons.  Some want healing for sickness.  Some want deliverance from slavery or bondage to habit.  Some want wisdom and direction for life.  Some

Why Jesus Had to Come

Read John 3:1-21 In a public place, at the most crowded time, in the most conspicuous way, Jesus announced His presence to Israel. The Gospel of John, chapter 2, gives the story. Jesus made a whip out of small cords and drove those selling cattle and sheep, along with people changing foreign currency, out of the temple grounds. This act got the attention of the national leaders.  They demanded proof that Jesus had authority to do this thing. However, one of the leaders, a man named Nicodemus, was curious.  So, one night after dark, he went to speak with Jesus.   Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we all know that God has sent you to teach us.  Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”  (John 3:2) [i] He said, “. . . we all know.” Here it is . . . evidence that the Jewish leaders who were demanding proof knew already that Jesus was from God.   Of all the leaders, Nicodemus was the only one who came to find out why God sent Jesus. Jesus start

My Father's House

Read John 2 Jesus was not a typical man.  He performed many miracles demonstrating this fact.  The Apostle John calls these miracles “signs.”  These “signs” served as a mark or token to authenticate Jesus’s identity. As an example of this, in chapter 2 of his account, the Apostle John tells of a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  At this wedding, Jesus turns water into wine.  John says, “This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory.  And his disciples believed in him.”  (John 2:11) [i] After the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus walked the 20 to 25 miles to Capernaum with His mother, His brothers and His disciples.  According to John, Jesus was in Capernaum a few days before leaving to walk the 120 miles to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. The Law of Moses required the Jews to observe the Passover every year.  The Apostle John records 4 Passovers that Jesus attended.  One at the beginning of His three-year ministry (John 2:13), two

Losing Our Souls

Read Mark 8:31-38 Jesus caused quite a stir during His 3-year ministry. Herod thought that maybe Jesus was John the Baptist returned from the dead.  (Luke 9:9) Some thought that the Old Testament Elijah had appeared. Mark 8 gives an account of Jesus feeding a crowd of 4,000 people.  This was a second occurrence of Jesus feeding a large crowd with a small amount of food. Large crowds gathered wherever Jesus went.  He would leave on a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee and people would run around the lake to meet Him on the other side.  (John 6)  These “feedings” occurred because people followed Him into the wilderness without preparing food and such. The crowds and attention Jesus gathered got the attention of religious and national leaders and even of the King. In the midst of constant teaching, travel, crowds and activity, Jesus asks His closest followers a question.  “Who do people say I am?”  (Mark 8:27) [i] In response they said, “Some say John the Ba