Healings at Gennesaret

Jesus is now a recognizable figure in the area, so people bring sick to him for healing.
Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56

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One Reply to “Healings at Gennesaret”

  1. What an incredible few hours in the life of Jesus and his disciples. The day before, Jesus was teaching thousands of people on a hillside, then miraculously feeds the crowd, walks on water to meet the disciples (invites Peter to walk with him), calms the storm and ends up in Gennesaret, not far from Capernaum where Jesus healed the woman who touched his cloak (my notes).

    They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak,
    and all who touched it were healed.

    Matthew Henry’s Commentary points out an interesting observation, people didn’t come to hear Jesus preach or to learn from him:

    But it is sad to think how much more concerned the most of men are about their bodies than about their souls. Matthew Henry’s Commentary

    I recently saw a Facebook post that cast a disparaging light on faith healers (not saying I disagree with them). Beyond skepticism, these public figures that take in donations for faith healing cast Christians in a light that turns many away from Christ. Jesus, on the other hand, wanted people to go far beyond physical healing, he wanted (and wants) us all to come to know him fully.

    Obviously, not every disease is healed these days and many God-fearing Christians die as a result. Well…we all die a mortal death, don’t we? The question of eternity is more important and should be the focus of our attention.

    This short narrative reveals Jesus’ compassion for people–no strings attached. There is much more to see in the coming chapters.

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