Mar. 19. Jesus Returns to Nazareth

Mt. 13:54-58; Mk. 6:1-6; Lk. 4:16-31

Some say that an expert is anyone more than fifty miles from home. This seemed to be the case with Jesus. He returned to His home in Nazareth and as was His custom, He began to read in the synagogue on the next Sabbath. After reading from the prophet Isaiah, He sat down and said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Many of those present, had been with Jesus as He was growing up and working as a carpenter. They knew Him as Joseph’s and Mary’s son, but they had seen and heard of His works. They said, “…And His brothers James, Joses, Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”

People usually react in one of two ways to things they do not understand. They either try to learn more or they reject them. Jesus’ fellow countrymen rejected Him.

It was not time for Him to die, so He was protected from those who tried to throw Him over a cliff.


Mar. 18. Jesus Heals Other Men

Mt. 9:27-34

After Jesus had left the home of Jairus, two blind men begging to be healed met Him. When He touched their eyes, they were able to see.

As the blind men who had been healed went out, a man mute and demon-possessed was brought to Jesus. After he was healed, the Pharisees again accused Him of casting out demons by the ruler of demons.


Mar. 17. Jairus’ Daughter Raised and Woman Healed

Mt. 9:18-26; Mk. 5:22-43; Lk. 8:41-56

Even though many of the Jews had ridiculed Jesus and some had wanted to kill Him, there was Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, who believed in Him. Jairus fell at the feet of Jesus and begged Him to come and heal his twelve-year-old daughter who was near death.

As they traveled to Jairus’ home, a great multitude followed closely to Jesus. Among this crowd was a woman who had a flow of blood and had spent all that she had on doctors and was only getting worse. She believed that if she could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be cured. This woman acted on her faith and was healed.

Messengers came and told Jairus that his daughter was dead, but Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

When they arrived at the home, Jesus took Peter, James, John and the girl’s parents into the room. He took her by the hand and told her to arise and she arose immediately.


Mar. 16. Jesus Heals Gergesene Demoniacs

Mt. 8:28-9:1; Mk. 5:1-21; Lk. 8:26-40

When they reached the shore, two men who were demon possessed met them. They were wild men, who wore no clothes and could not be subdued by anyone.

Nearby, there was a herd of about two thousand swine and Jesus allowed the demons to enter them. When that happened, the entire herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea and drowned.

The men who fed the swine ran into town and told what had happened. When the people from the region of the Gadarenes returned and saw the men who had been demon possessed clothed and in their right minds, they were so afraid that they begged Jesus to leave them.

Jesus and the disciples returned to His own city of Capernaum. There He was met by a great multitude of people.


Mar. 15. Jesus Calms A Storm

Mt. 8:18-27; Mk. 4:35-41; Lk. 8:22-25

When Jesus had finished explaining the miracles to His apostles, He decided to go to the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. It had been an eventful day and He was tired and went to sleep in the boat as they sailed toward the other side of the sea.

STORM!! Lake storms can come up suddenly and His boat and the other boats with them were taking on water and in danger of sinking. The disciples woke Jesus up saying, “Lord, save us!”

Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith and rebuked the wind by saying, “Peace be still.” The wind immediately ceased and the lake became greatly calm. Those with Him were amazed that even the winds and the sea obeyed Him.


Mar. 14. Jesus Begins to Teach in Parables

Mt. 13:1-53; Mk. 4:1-34; Lk. 8:4-18

As the multitude increased, it became difficult for Jesus to speak to them. He then got into a boat on the Sea of Galilee and spoke to the people on the shore.

One of Jesus’ favorite methods of teaching was in parables. A parable is a story about an ordinary event in which the instructor teaches a spiritual truth.

The first in a series of parables that Jesus taught that day was about a sower who had seed to fall on four different types of soil.

Different types of people who hear the word of God were represented by the types of soil. Some rejected the word, some accepted it but persecutions and/or cares of the world caused them to stumble or to be unfruitful. Individuals represented by the fertile soil accepted the word and became productive servants of God.

In the parable of the growing seed, the farmer does not understand all of the things that take place in a growing plant. Neither are we able to understand all of the spiritual changes in a person’s heart as he either accepts or rejects the word of God.

Jesus taught a lesson about the enemy sowing tares in a wheat field. Tares are weeds similar to cheat, a kind of wild oats. When his servants asked if he wanted them to pull the tares up, the farmer said to wait until the harvest, lest the wheat be pulled up also.

The Farmer is Jesus; the field is the world; the good seed are Christians; the enemy is the devil; tares are sons of the devil; the harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are angels.

After the harvest, the Christians will be glorified in heaven and the sons of the devil will burn with everlasting fire.

Jesus concluded teaching the crowd that day with two more parables that explained how the kingdom would grow after it began. The mustard seed is very small, but rapidly grows into a tree large enough for the birds to nest in its branches. The kingdom would start small but would grow very rapidly.

It takes only a very small lump of leaven to quickly, quietly and surely spread throughout a large piece of dough. Likewise, the kingdom would thoroughly spread throughout the world. We know that the church did start small and rapidly grew into a very large body.

After sending the multitudes away, Jesus spoke the next parables to the disciples only. These parables were about a buried treasure, a pearl hunt and a fisherman’s net.

The parables of the buried treasure and the pearl stressed the extreme value of the kingdom of heaven to the disciples. Those individuals who found the treasure and pearl sold all that they had and bought these items. We must place Christ and His church above all else in our lives.

Another picture of the judgment was presented in the parable of the net. All in the net were brought to the shore to be judged. The good fish were saved and the bad ones were cast out and destroyed.


Mar. 13. Necessity of Repentance

Lk. 13:1-9

Some of the Jews reported an incident in which the Governor, Pilate, had murdered a number of Galileans. Because some believed that this had happened because these had been more sinful than those who were still living, Jesus said, “No; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” No matter how large or small the sin, He taught that all must repent (change sinful lives).