Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah.
42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
I love the fact the crowds wanted Jesus to stay. As Biblical fact, Jesus had multitudes of women come to mourn Him passing. At the end of Passion of the Christ, I always want to cry for Jesus to stay. And the truth is, Jesus does stay. Millenniums of can't otherwise be explained miracles express this verse is still going strong:
Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Believers always want to know why Jesus didn't jump up and down proclaiming He is the Messiah. Nain's large crowd clearly saw Jesus could raise people from the dead before Lazarus. Jesus didn't proclaim He was God. This was simply too gigantic to say - "Look, here is God!!!"
Yet that seems a little unfair, however true - John's Gospel Chapter One is John bringing Jesus as God and explaining who He is - immediately. And yet John is not sure Jesus released him from the promise to be quiet about the Transfiguration, so he alludes to truth.
If you look diligently in the Gospels - you see people were Told. Jesus just understood this is as it is today. To find God, you have to diligently seek. This is far more relationship than fact. Jesus knows the fact is Messiah is a wide highway - a fact to be believed and not cared, an issue far away. Jesus is interested in meaningful. Jesus is about relationships in trust and love to you.
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves.
Lord God, we want You always to guide us and lead us in mercy. Help us to remain centered on You. We thank Jesus as God for the merciful. Big time. Jesus bless them forever. Nice couple. Yes, we have no doubt Jesus loves and blesses His people across the continents. Lord, we give You thanks for life and today. And say Jesus is Lord. Amen.
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