The Life of Jesus

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Storm on the Sea of Galilee

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Once more Jesus is by the Sea of Galilee and “when he saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart to the other side.” “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.” How Jesus must have longed for rest from the teeming multitudes who always gathered to hear him! […]

Parables

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“Therefore I speak unto them in parables: because they, seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand.” So spake Jesus to his disciples when they were puzzled because he did not preach openly and plainly at all times. Many of those who came to Jesus did not want to learn of […]

Nain

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A few miles south of Nazareth there used formerly to be a city renowned for its beauty and for its delightful situation. It was built on the north side of a hill and was then called Nain – the beautiful. Could we have stayed there a day or so we should probably have been taken […]

The Sermon on the Mount

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We have passed over the hills of Galilee so often with Jesus that now we are getting quite familiar with the land. We are now walking with a multitude which has gathered from Caopernaum and Tiberias, and perhaps, Magdala. Almost ten miles have been covered, and we reach a curious-looking hill, which rises rather higher […]

Your Sins are Forgiven

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And now we come to another scene. Jesus is still in Capernaum, and the multitude is there, as ever. On this occasion it fills the room where Jesus is; it overflows into the street or courtyard. The crowd is more mixed than usual, for there are strangers among them. There are solemn Rabbis, in long […]

Healing of a man possessed

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A short time later, a few days at most, and we see Jesus and his disciples going from Peter’s house by the seashore to the fine new synagogue which had been built for the Jews by a Roman centurion. Many are coming this morning, for they know that “the great Rabbi” will be there. The […]

The Sea of Galilee

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Here is a mental picture I like very much. I see in the foreground a fishing boat near to the shore. Its brown sail furled upon its yard makes a big sweeping line against a pale blue sky. A big circular net, damp and dark, makes an unshapen mass at the stern of the boat. […]

Nazareth

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In Nazareth there was a plain, white, rectangular building to which Jesus went every Sabbath day when he was staying there. For one moment we pause outside the building to notice that its stones are carefully cut and fitted so that no mortar need be used to bind them. Three doorway, the middle one the […]

The Pool of Bethesda

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In the time of Jesus, there were many pools and aqueducts in good repair, which, together with the wells and cisterns gave a plentiful supply of water. A very interesting chapter in the Old Testament relates how King Hezekiah made a conduit through the rock to lead the waters into the city, so that when […]

A Wedding in Cana

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Now we are going to a wedding feast. It is the most important wedding feast in the world. For nearly two thousand years it has been remembered. To be sure, our history books do not mention it, but the greatest of all books, the Bible, does. This wedding caused much excitement at the little village […]