Dead son calming the storm casting out the demons

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dead son, calming the storm, casting out the demons, healing the woman with bleeding, healing two blind men and a dumb demoniac. All of these contributed to Jesus’ popularity and proclamation of who he claims he is, (Smith 2012:98-106). While Jesus travelled through Galilee with the twelve with him, he sent them off on their own on a mission trip. The reason for this was quite practical; there were too many people with needs and not enough people to fulfil them, (Smith 2012:107-109). The reactions from people are as follows: i) John the Baptist had a lack of faith towards the idea that Jesus was the Messiah since John’s expectations didn’t match Jesus’ ministry, (Smith 2012:120). ii) After performing miracles in the cities, the people rejected Jesus’ message, although they received the miracles, (Smith 2012:120). iii) A sinful woman took hold of his love and forgiveness and placed all her faith in him, (Smith 2012:120). iv) The religious leaders tried to make him seem false by ascribing his miracles to Satan for the felt bitterness towards Jesus, (Smith 2012:120). v) Jesus’s family members 2
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Overview of the life & ministry of Christ claimed that he was a crazy person and tried to make quiet him down, (Smith 2012:120). 3.3 The third year 3.3 a. The first six months The third year of Jesus ministry started with the feeding of the 5000, which was the climax point of Jesus favour and fame in the eyes of his followers and crowds hanging on his lips, (Smith 2012:121). The people at that point were ready to crown him king, for he was truly the man of the hour. But Jesus saw right through their plans, they were only after his miracles and not after his message, (Smith 2012:124). Jesus withdrew after this to be alone and spent some time in prayer on a mountain top. Thereafter we read in the accounts of both, Matthew and Mark that disciples struggled to get across the lake for the wind was strong and Jesus comes walking on the water towards them after reassuring them not to be scared, for it is he and calls forth Peter to walk towards him on the water. We read that Peter doubted and started sinking but Jesus grabbed his hand and they got into the boat, (Smith 2012:124). Straight after, two miracles happened; the storm calmed and simultaneously they arrived at shore. This demonstrated that Jesus had power of nature and the disciples realized that he was not only a great prophet but the Messiah, (Smith 2012:124). Interestingly it is quite hard to believe that the disciples could still be amazed by the miracles of Jesus, I mean, they were with him well over two years and still Jesus fins a lack in their faith. The disciples yet didn’t realize why Jesus came but, they were slowly coming to understand who Jesus truly was.
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