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Page 7: The Life of Christ Following the Harmony of the Gospels

An ongoing series on the life of Christ, following the Harmony of the Gospels found in the Thompson Chain Bible.  We are beginning at Jesus' baptism (paragraph 47) and will continue until His ascension. The gospel harmonies attempt to place each event of the life of Christ in order and give the relevant scripture as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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114: Jairus' Daughter Raised: Mt. 9:18-19, 23-26; Mk. 5:22-24; 35-43; Lu 8:41-42, 49-56

After touching the afflicted women and sending her home in peace, Jesus and His group continued on to the house of Jairus. Along the way, a messenger arrived with the message that the young lady had died. Some in the crowd arrogantly suggested that Jairus trouble the Master no further. Jesus reply was, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.”

Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

When Jesus arrived, He was met by a great tumult. The minstrels and professional mourners were in full swing. It was the custom to play funeral dirges to quicken the grief of the bereaved. Jesus asked what all the noise was about? The girl was not dead but sleeping. The mourners laughed at Him decisively.

Mark 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

Jesus took Peter, James and John and the girl’s parents to where the girl was lying and commanded her to rise. This she did, and Jesus ordered that she be given something to eat. Jesus charged the parents that they shouldn't’t tell anybody what had happened, but needless to say the story spread very quickly and His fame was greater than ever.

Conclusion and Application

“Don’t be afraid, only believe.” Words directly from the Master that we can apply to our lives, each and every day. We could easily fear a bad economy, war, crime, failing health, old age approaching and any number of other things. However, our faith tells us that Jesus bore it all, He knows it all, and He’ll take care of it all.

Jesus refused to affected by the opinion of the mourners. He was not swayed by circumstances. He called the things that were, as though they were not (Romans 4:17). We can follow His example to speak the word of faith in the face of all that confronts us.

Unbelievers will always laugh, but faith will silence their laughter.

Jesus ordered that the girl be given something to eat. He cares about every detail. He doesn't miss anything.

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115: A Blind Man and a Dumb Man healed: Mt. 9:27-34

Matthew 9:28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

When Jesus left the house of Jairus, He was followed by two blind men who cried out, "Thou son of David, have mercy on us." Jesus asked if they believed that He was able. They replied that they did indeed believe. He touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, be it unto you," and their eyes were opened.

After this a dumb man who was possessed of the devil was brought to Jesus. Jesus cast out the devil and the man was able to speak. The Pharisees could only claim that Jesus cast out devils by the power of the devil himself ( See Par. 91 and Matthew 12: 22 for a similar incident).

Conclusion and Application.

When the blind men cried out, Jesus thou son of David have mercy on us, I believe that they were acknowledging more than His ancestry, they were acknowledging that He was Messiah. The more we know of Him the more we recognize His absolute Deity.

Believe ye that I am able to do this? Jesus was the only hope for these two blind men. Their problem was insurmountable and overwhelming. In this age of comfort and medical miracles, we sometimes forget that the Savior is looking on as we struggle with our problems. He is simply waiting for us to cry out, "Lord help me!" He will help us, just as he helped these two men, all according to our faith.

As your faith is, so be it (John 15:7, 16:23; Matthew 17:20, 18:19; Ephesians 3:20; I John 3:22, 5:14). These men believed and they received. I’m reminded of a humorous misquote of scripture that has a lot of truth. "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shant be disappointed."

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116: Rejected at Nazareth Again: Mt. 13:54-58; Mk. 6:1-6

Mark 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Jesus returned a second time to the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. He had been rejected there at the beginning of His ministry and the people sought to kill Him (See Par. 61 and Luke 4:16-30). Once again the people marveled at His wisdom and gracious words but still rejected his message. Jesus stated that a prophet had no honor among his own kin and countrymen. He was unable to do His usual mighty works because of their unbelief.

Conclusion and Application:

Just as Jesus gave these people a second chance to receive Him , He is very long-suffering with us. It is not His will that any person should perish (John 3:16-18).

Unbelief can limit the move of God in our lives and in our church services.

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117: The Charge to His Disciples: Mt. 10:5-42; Mk. 6:7-13; Lu. 9:1-6

Mark 6:7 ¶ And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Jesus sent out His chosen twelve for some on the job training. Some of the marginal readings say that it was here that they were first called apostles. They were empowered to heal the sick and cast out devils. They were only to go to the Israelites. This was fitting as the Jews were God’s covenant people. Later of course, the commission was to go into all of the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15-18; Matthew 28:19-20).

They went forth preaching the same message as Jesus and John the Baptist, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 10:7). We still preach the same message today.

They were not to take undue care in providing for their journey and their livelihood. God was well aware of their needs and would supply them. The people who received them would be blessed. Those who rejected their message, would have a more severe punishment in the day of judgment, than Sodom and Gomarrha.

Mark, Luke and Matthew record the initial charge essentially the same but Matthew continues with a rather lengthly discourse of our Lord concerning the perils and difficulties that would be faced in preaching the gospel. Some of this discourse obviously applies to the early church age and some of it to the difficulties that Christians will face right up to our Lord’s return.

It may be that this episode was a convenient place for Matthew to add the extended dialogue. As we have said elsewhere, each gospel writer wrote with a particular theme in mind. With the exception of Luke who said that he was recording the events of the Lord’s life in order (Luke 1:1), it didn’t matter if these words were spoken at this time or some other. It is the message that counts.

Believers were sent out a sheep among wolves. They would be beaten in their synagogues (religious denominations) and called before kings and judges to testify. They were not to take forethought of what to say, for it would be the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Ghost, that spoke through them.

Jesus said that He had come to bring a sword, that would divide households. Some would believe, others would not and would deliver the believing relatives up to be killed. A man’s enemies would be those of his own household. The believers who shrinks back because of love of family would not be counted worthy of the Lord. He must be willing to bear his cross, even unto death. If we value our life, we will lose it. if we lose our life for His sake, we will find it. If we honor and receive His messengers, we are in fact receiving Him and will not lose our reward.

Conclusion and Application:

Some have taken the words of our Lord concerning going forth “without purse or script,” so literally that they live in poverty in their old age. I know of one Pentecostal denomination that has can food drives for their ministers who were often underpaid and do not even have Social Security to rely on. I’m sure there is a great reward awaiting them. Others use “The workmen being worthy of his hire,” as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of the kingdom of God. I’m sure a reward awaits them also.

May we ever be able ministers of the gospel, putting the kingdom first, knowing that the final reward will be worth it all.

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118: The Third Tour of Galilee: Mt. 9:35-38; Mk. 6:6;

Matthew 9:35 ¶ And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Jesus had been rejected twice in His hometown of Nazareth and we do not read where He ever returned there. Although the religious elite would not receive Him, the multitudes still flocked around Him. He still taught in their synagogues and preached the message of the kingdom. He also healed every kind of sickness and disease.

The Pharisees had very little regard for the common people whom they called, “children of the world.” With Jesus, it was a different matter. When He saw the multitudes of people who wandered about as sheep without a shepherd, He was moved with compassion.

Jesus turned to His disciples and remarked that the harvest was very plentiful but the laborers were few. They were instructed to pray that the Lord would send labores into His harvest.

Conclusion and application:

It appears that this happened as the twelve were off preaching on their own. Perhaps they rejoined Him from time to time. It is hard to determine whether Jesus spoke the remarks about the harvest to the twelve or other disciples.

Jesus was concerned that the people had no shepherd. See Ezekiel 34:2-23 where the Lord condemns the shepherds who fed themselves and not His flock. He promised that He wouild come as a shepherd who would seek out His lost and scattered sheep. This He did in the face and person of the Lord Jesus Christ, who claimed the title of "The Good Shepherd” (John 10:7-14).

Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives. He died for our salvation and healing and He was chastised for our mental peace. Peter encourages us to cast all of our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7).

We should not forget our Lord’s desire that we have a burden for the lost and that we pray for laborers to be sent forth.

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119: The Death of John the Baptist Mt. 14:1-2, 6-12; Mk. 6:14-16, 21-29; Lu. 9:7-9

Mk 6;14 ¶ And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

As the fame of Jesus increased, word of His mighty exploits reached the ears of King Herod, who was suffering from a stricken conscience. He had recently executed John the Baptist . Herod was a Saduccee, who did not believe in the resurrection, Obvious tormented, he stated that John had raised from the dead.

Herod had often talked with John and had great respect for his holiness and piety. John wasn’t swayed by the favor of the king. He confronted Herod and denounced his marriage to his brother’s wife, who was also his neice. John simply said, "It is not lawful."

Herod held a banquet to celebrate his birthday, and his wife’s daughter, whom tradition says was named Solome, performed a sensuous dance that is often referred to as The Dance of the Seven Veils. This dance aroused Herod and caused him to make a very rash promise. He offered to give the girl anything up to half of his kingdom. She consulted with her mother Herodias who was still stinging from John’s rebuke. The mother saw her chance for revenge. At her urging, the girl asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. For the sake of his oath, Herod reluctantly complied and sent an executioner to kill John. John’s disciples buried the body of John and told Jesus what had happened.

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120: A Vacation Interrupted: Mt. 14:13-14; Mk. 6:30-34; Lu. 9:10-11; Jn. 6:1-4

Matthew 14:13 ¶ When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Luke 9:10 ¶ And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

The Matthew account has Jesus retiring to a desert place upon hearing the news of John’s Death. The other gospels state that it was after the apostles whom He had sent by twos to preach the news of the kingdom, returned and were relating all that had happened on their tours. Most likely, both things happened at the same time.

Jesus and His disciples took a boat to cross to a deserted spot on the other side of the lake. When the people saw what was happening, they ran around the shore, outrunning the boat, and were waiting for Jesus on the other side.

Jesus had compassion on the crowd because they were as sheep without a shepherd. He spoke many things to them conncerning the kingdom of God, and He healed all who had need of healing.

Conclusion and Application:

We often sing of the compassionate Jesus and this is a prime example. Just as Jesus had compassion on these people, He is also touched by the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15), which He took upon Himself at the cross (Matthew 8:17). We can learn from these people. They had needs and they knew that Jesus was their only hope for relief. They weren’t bashful, they ran around the lake and were waiting for Jesus when His boat arrived.

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121: The Five Thousand Fed: Mt. 14:15-21; Mk. 6:35-44; Lu. 9:12-17; Jn. 6:5-14

15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

The gospel writers vary somewhat in their accounts of the feeding of the five thousand. Matthew, Mark and Luke have the disciples initiating the conversation with Jesus as to how the multitude was to be fed. Perhaps they should send them away to buy food in the nearby villages. Jesus answered, “You feed them”

John has Jesus asking Philip where they can buy food to feed the people. Philip replies that the common purse only has two hundred penyworth which is not enough. Andrew adds that there is a boy present who has five loaves and two fishes. Jesus said, “Bring them to Me.” After ordering that the multitude be arranged in orderly groups, Jesus looked to heaven and blessed the food. He passed it to His disciples, who in turn gave it out to the crowd. After everybody had eaten their fill, twelve baskets of scraps were collected for future use. Naturally the people were very excited at this miracle. Jesus realizing that they would try to make Him a king, quickly departed out of their midst.

Conclusion and Application:

The feast of Passover was taking place at this time and Jesus was unable to attend, because of fear that He would be put to death. So, He hosted a feast in the desert.

One little boy gave up his lunch to Jesus. I believe his name is recorded in God’s book of remembrance (Mal. 3;16).

What did Jesus mean by, “You feed them.” The apostles had previously been sent out and given authority over unclean spirits and had power to heal the sick. Could the apostles have performed this miracle, if they only realized the potential they possessed? Or is Jesus simply prodding them so that they will confess their insufficiency? Or both?

Do we often rely on our physical ability, as we break the bread of the Word of Life, and forget that the author of the Word is able to multiply it beyond our anything that we can imagine?

Knowing that Jesus said that His apostles would do greater works than He, because He was returning to His Father (John 14:12), how does this apply to us today? Is there a potential that we are not using? Obviously, yes.

We have hungry multitudes all around us, and we are partakers of the Bread of Life. I believe the command is still going forth, “You feed them.”

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