Power & Prayer

Jesus and his students returned to the town of Capernaum (36). On the next Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. People who heard him were amazed at the way he taught. He didn’t just give them information about God’s truth, like the teachers of the law.  Instead, Jesus taught God’s truth itself, with power & authority.

Just then a man, obviously tormented by an evil spirit, came into the synagogue & screamed, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Are you here to destroy us? I know who you are. You are God’s holy messenger!”

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Jesus commanded the evil spirit, “Be quiet, and come out of that man.” The evil spirit shook the poor man very hard, gave a loud scream, and then came out of him!

The people who saw this were all amazed. They started saying to one another, “Is this some kind of new teaching? This man has authority to give orders to the evil spirits, and they obey him!” And so the news about what Jesus had done began spreading quickly through the entire region of Galilee.

After Jesus and his students left the synagogue, they went to Peter’s home. Peter’s mother- in- law was sick in bed with a fever. As soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her; he went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up.

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The fever left her, and she was immediately able to resume her household duties!

That evening, many people were brought to Jesus — some who were sick & others who were suffering from evil spirits. Many other people just came to see what would happen. Jesus healed many of those who were sick with various diseases, and he expelled evil spirits from many people. These evil spirits knew who he was, but he would not permit them to say anything. (He did all this as the prophet Isaiah had said, “He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases.”)

Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed.

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Later, Peter and the others went out searching for Jesus. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus answered, “I must preach the good news about God’s kingdom in other towns, too, because that is what God has sent me to do.”

So they traveled all over the region of Galilee; Jesus preached in the synagogues and often expelled evil spirits from people who were suffering. The news about Jesus spread through the whole country of Syria. Many more people were brought to him for healing — people who were sick with all kinds of diseases & disorders, people with evil spirits, and people suffering from epilepsy & paralysis. Jesus healed them all!

As a result, large crowds began following him; people came from Galilee, from the region of the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, from all of Judea, and from the land on the other side of the Jordan River.

 

(36) Matthew 4:23-25 & 8:14-17, Mark 1:21-39, Luke 4:31-44