Lesson 19 – Jesus Proves He is God
As Jesus continued His public ministry among the people of Israel, there were great crowds of people that came to hear Him speak and watch His miracles. People came to see Jesus for various reasons.
Some people were curious. Some wanted to be healed. Some thought he was going to be the king who would deliver them from Roman rule. Some wanted to hear him because he spoke God’s Word with power, but others hoped he would say or do something they could find fault with. They wanted to charge him with a crime, not because he was guilty, but because they were jealous of his popularity with the people.
Jesus Preaches to the Crowds
The Bible says in Mark 2:1-4, “And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”
This man could not do anything to heal himself. No doctor could heal him, and his friends could not make him better. This reminds us of the helplessness of all people. No person can deliver himself from Satan’s rule, the sin which controls his life, and the punishment for his sin. Neither good works nor a good life can save us. We cannot deliver ourselves.
The Bible says in Mark 2:5-7, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?”
Jesus saw that this man truly believed him, and he forgave his sins. Those in the audience were right when they said only God can forgive sins. They were wrong when they said Jesus sinned by what he said. Jesus is God and has the authority to forgive people their sins.
The Scribes and Pharisees did not believe Jesus was God who had come to be the Savior. Jesus then demonstrated his power as God by completely healing the man. All the people were truly amazed.
What About Miracles?
Jesus did many miracles like this one that totally amazed everyone who saw and heard of what He did. Did you ever wonder why Jesus did so many miracles? The Bible says in John 5:36, “The works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”
Jesus had one purpose for doing miracles, and it was only to prove to the people of Israel that He had been sent from God to be the Messiah.
Many religious leaders today claim that they are faith healers and have power to work miracles, but they do not have the same purpose that Jesus had. Most of these so-called faith healers are trying to get large crowds, make money, and build big churches. They are taking advantage of multitudes of people who are hoping for a miracle.
This was never the purpose for Jesus’ miracles. The miracles of Jesus always were to prove that He was sent from God. If you read John 6:26-27, you will find that Jesus turned people away who were seeking miracles but were not seeking Him. Many today are seeking miracles, but are not seeking Jesus, and God will turn them away!
Jesus, the Friend of Sinners
The Bible says in Mark 2:14, “And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.”
Jesus called Levi, also known as Matthew, to follow him as one of his disciples. Matthew was working for the Romans as a tax collector. The tax collectors were hated and despised by the Jews. Often tax collectors had a reputation for collecting extra taxes from the people and keeping the money for themselves.
Matthew was a sinner just like everyone else born into this world. He deserved death and everlasting punishment for his sins. However, Matthew repented of his sin. He changed his mind about his sin. He agreed with God and trusted Jesus as the Savior whom God had sent into the world. Many years later, God used Matthew to write the first book of the New Testament.
The Bible says in Mark 2:16-17, “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
The Scribes and Pharisees were proud. They believed they were far better than others because they fasted, prayed, and did many other things trying to please God. They would not even eat a meal with people like tax collectors who openly sinned.
Jesus told them that healthy people do not need a doctor, but the sick. Jesus did not come to help people who think they are sinless or good enough for God to accept them. Instead, he came to be the Savior of those who would admit that they are helpless sinners who can only be saved by the mercy of God.
Jesus calls the Apostles
The Bible says in Mark 3:13-15, “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.”
Jesus had many disciples who followed him to learn the message of God. Jesus chose twelve men from a large group of followers to help him in his work of teaching, healing, and casting out demons. Jesus planned to train these men to become his special representatives.
Most of these twelve disciples whom Jesus picked were not highly educated. Neither were they rich men. Some of them were fishermen before they began to follow Jesus as his disciples.
All of them believed him, except one man named Judas Iscariot. Judas said that he agreed with God and believed on Jesus, but he spoke only with his lips and did not believe in his heart. He was a hypocrite, because his mind and heart did not agree with God. He did not truly trust Jesus to be his Savior from the control of Satan, sin, and death. The other eleven disciples did not know that Judas was not a true believer, but Jesus knew what he was really like. Jesus knew that Judas would one day betray him to his enemies.
Why do you follow Jesus?
The Bible says in John 6:1-2, “After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.”
Many of these people followed Jesus because they were looking for material benefits from him. You need to understand that it will not help a person if he follows the teachings of the Bible in order to receive earthly benefits or wealth. Jesus did not come into the world to give earthly riches. Jesus came to be the Savior from Satan, sin, and everlasting death.
The Bible says in John 6:5-7, “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.”
Jesus already knew what he was going to do. He asked Philip, one of the twelve disciples, this question to test him. He had seen Jesus already perform many miracles, but he did not believe Jesus could feed all these people.
Another disciple brought five small loaves and two fishes that a young boy had given to Jesus. Jesus broke the loaves and fish, and they multiplied in his hands. He fed 5,000 men besides women and children. He was able to do this because he is Almighty God.
The people wanted Jesus to be their king so he would heal their sicknesses, give them food, and deliver them from the control of the Romans. During the night, Jesus and his twelve disciples took a boat trip across the lake.
Many of these people the next day went across the lake to find Jesus. The people still did not believe Jesus. They wanted to see another miracle. They were just looking at the great things he did, instead of listening to the truth he was teaching. God sent Jesus from Heaven into the world to save sinners from eternal death. If a person refuses to eat food, he will die physically. If a person refuses to trust in Jesus as his Savior, he will remain separated from God forever in the Lake of Fire.
Do you remember that when Adam and Eve sinned, they were immediately separated from God? Although they had been created in the image of God with the ability to know, love, and obey Him, they were no longer able to respond to God. They were under Satan’s control. They were no longer in fellowship with God.
We are Adam’s descendants, and we are also born sinners and separated from God. The only person who can give you eternal life is Jesus Christ. The only One who can make you accepted with God is Jesus Christ. All who trust in Jesus as their Savior will refuse to trust in any good works that they might do themselves, or in anyone or in anything else.
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Lesson 19 Questions
1. Everyone who followed Jesus, did so because they loved the truth and they were committed to Jesus. True or False.
2. What can you do to deliver yourself from sin and Satan’s rule over your life?
3. The purpose of the miracles that Jesus did was…
a. To help the poor people.
b. To gather large crowds to follow Him.
c. To prove that He was sent from God as the Messiah.
4. Jesus turned some people away who were only seeking miracles. True or False.
5. What did Matthew do to become a follower of Jesus?
6. The Pharisees did not become followers of Jesus because…
a. Jesus did not prove that He came from God.
b. They were proud and thought they were already ok with God, so they refused to repent.
c. Jesus did not fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.
7. Judas Iscariot was a hypocrite because he said he believed on Jesus, but his __________ and _________ did not agree with God.
8. Jesus came into this world to bless people with riches and material blessings. True or False.
9. Are you following Jesus for a miracle, or because you love the truth of the Bible?
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