Luke 4

Luke 4: Jesus Tempted

                Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost returns from Jordan and is led into the wilderness;

“Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward was hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” (Luke 4:2-3)

After 40 days of pure exhaustion, Satan came to tempt Jesus by asking Him to perform a miracle. Could Jesus have turned the rock to bread? I would say yes, however, it was not up to Jesus to prove Himself to the Devil. Jesus responds; “…It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4)

The Devil then takes Jesus up to a high mountain and tells Him, that all of the kingdoms of the world would be His, if He just fell to the ground and worshiped him. However, the kingdoms of the world were never the Devil’s to give away. Jesus answered him; “…Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8)

                Satan then takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and tells Him to jump off, for it is written that “…He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.” (Luke 4:10) Jesus then tells Satan that he should not tempt God and Satan departs. Jesus was now free from the temptations and returned to Galilee where he taught many people. Jesus enters a synagogue on the Sabbath and is given the book of the prophet Esaias to read in front of the congregation. Jesus opens the book and reads; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised….” (Luke 4:18) (see also Isaiah 61:1-2) Jesus then closed the book and sat down, where the people were astonished at His words.

Jesus then tells them that; “…No prophet is accepted in his own country.” (Luke 4:24) Jesus then cites Elijah, explaining how the widow of Zarephath and Elisha and the healing of the Syrian Naaman, who were both gentiles. This angers the people, and they try to throw Him off of a hill. However, Jesus walks straight through them and goes down to Capernaum in the city of Galilee and taught the people there on the Sabbath, who “…were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” (Luke 4:32) This means that Jesus did not just teach the Gospel, but taught it with Power and Authority, that was granted to him. Not just anyone can preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When Jesus entered into one synagogue; a man who was stricken with an unclean spirit immediately called out to Him. The evil spirit said to Jesus; “…Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4:34) It is important to note that the evil spirit knew who Jesus was, and somewhat feared His power. Jesus rebukes the evil spirit and casts him out of the man. Immediately the people were astonished and said; “…for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits…” (Luke 4:36) Jesus did not just cast the evil spirits out, but He did it with POWER and AUTHORITY!

Jesus then enters the house of Simon, where his wife’s mother was sick with a fever. Jesus immediately heals her and many others who are brought before Him. Jesus then departs into other cities, He leaves the people with an address; “…I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also; for therefore am I sent.” (Luke 4:43)

Mark 9

Mark 9: Transfigured on the Mount

                Jesus and the Apostles stand at the top of a mountain, with Peter, James and John. Jesus “…was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.” (Mark 9:2-4) Shortly after, they saw a cloud come over them and a voice saying; “…This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Mark 9:7)

                Suddenly, the Apostles found them alone with Jesus again as if nothing had happened. On their journey down from the Mountain, Jesus tells them that they must not speak of the things they saw until after He has risen from the dead. The Apostles then asked Jesus “…Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?  And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things…” (Mark 9:11-12)

                Jesus arrives, where a group is gathered for Him. A man in the crowd yells out to Jesus; “…Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.” (Mark 9:17-18) Jesus, at this point, was a little upset because His own Apostles could not remove the evil spirit. So Jesus turns to the Apostles and says;  “…O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.” (Mark 9:19-20)

                Jesus, moved with compassion, asks the father how long this evil Spirit had resided in the child. The father tells Him from birth. Jesus tells the father, who was in disbelief as casting this devil out; “…If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-24) Jesus then cast the evil spirit out and commanded it to no more enter or molest the child. As Jesus and His Apostles were leaving the area, the Apostles ask Jesus privately; “…Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29)

                Jesus and the Apostles then depart through Galilee and while on their journey the Apostles had questions about who was greatest among the Apostles and what it meant that Jesus would die and come back three days later, but every one of them was too afraid to ask. Jesus of course knew their questions and called the twelve to sit and listen; “… If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Jesus then continues by speaking about children and their importance in the Gospel “…whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

Mark 5

Mark 5: Casting out Devils

                Jesus and His Apostles go into the country of Gardarenes where Jesus is immediately met by a met on the shore that had an evil spirit. The man was so possessed that he had to be placed in chains in a tomb, but no chains or any form of restraint would keep him locked up. We learn that the man was so tormented by this evil spirit that he cut “…himself with stones.” (Mark 5:5).

Jesus immediately blessed the man and cast the spirit out of him; we learn that the man’s name was ‘Legion’, and that there were many who were possessed.  Jesus casts all the evil spirits out, and allowed the evil spirits to enter into swine nearby. The evil spirits actually pleaded with Jesus to let them enter into the swine, which were 2,000 swine. Jesus knew that the evil spirits would never obtain bodies and therefore permitted them to enter into the swine. However, after being in a human host for so long, they soon realized that a pig’s body was not what they wanted and all of them (all 2,000) jumped off a cliff into the ocean, where they “…choked in the sea.” (Mark 5:13)

                Once the man Legion was free of his evil spirit, he asked to come on board with Jesus and follow him. Jesus however, told him to return to his friends and family and tell them the great this of the Lord. The man Legion followed this advice and returned to where he came, and published the great works of the Lord, and people did marvel.

Jesus returned to the ship and passed over to the other side, where He was met by Jairus, who was one of the rulers of the synagogue, who did ask for a blessing on his daughter. While Jesus was traveling to see the daughter, He was touched on the hem of His garment by an old lady. This lady had suffered a disease of the blood throughout her life and told herself; “…If I many touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” (Mark 5:28), so she touched the garment of Jesus as He passed by her. Immediately after passing by, the woman felt that she was whole and that her disease was cured. Jesus stopped promptly, because He felt “…that virtue [power or strength] had gone out of him…” (Mark 5:30). The woman was now fearful and dropped at His feet and confessed to touching His garment. Jesus then told her that “…thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” (Mark 5:34)

                When Jesus finally arrived at the synagogue to attend to the daughter of Jarius a man from the synagogue yells; “…Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master…” (Mark 5:35) This man thought that the daughter was dead and nothing could be done. It is interesting that people had heard of the miraculous powers of Jesus or witnessed them first hand, yet people still did not believe that He could bring someone back from the dead? Jesus responds to the man; “…Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

Jesus then commands Peter, James, and John to follow Him into the house. The people in the house are very skeptical of Jesus, so Jesus asks them; “…Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.” (Mark 5:39) But, like most of His critics, He received laughing.

Jesus then sends everyone out, except the parents and His Apostles. He then took the daughter by the hand and said to her; “…Talitha cumi; which is… Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.” (Mark 5:41) The damsel did arise, she being only 12 years old.