Christ Healing a Blind Man (John 9:1-17, John 9:35-38)
A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. (John 9:11)
One Sabbath day Jesus saw a man who had been born blind. Jesus' disciples asked Him who had sinned to cause this handicap, the man or his parents. Jesus answered that neither the man nor his parents had sinned. Heavenly Father allowed him to be born blind so that the "works of God should be made manifest in him" (John 9:3; John 9:1-2, John 9:14).
Jesus spat on the ground and made clay of the damp dirt. He placed the clay on the eyes of the blind man. Jesus said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." The blind man did as Jesus said, and a great miracle happened. When the man came out of the pool, he could see. (John 9:6-7).
The man's neighbors and others who knew him were amazed. They asked, "Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he" (John 9:8-9). Others insisted it was someone who looked like him, but the man who had been blind announced, "I am he" (John 9:9). He told his friends how Jesus had anointed his eyes and given him his sight (John 9:10-11).
The Pharisees said that Jesus was a sinner because He had healed a man on the Sabbath day. "Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?" (John 9:16).
They then asked the man who had been blind who he thought Jesus was. He answered, "He is a prophet" (John 9:17).
Later, Jesus came to the man who had been healed and asked him if he believed in the Son of God (John 9:35). The man said, "Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?" (John 9:36). Jesus told him that he had seen the Son of God and was talking to Him. The man believed and worshiped Jesus. (John 9:37-38).
On a Sabbath day Jesus saw a man who had been born blind. Jesus spat in the dirt and made clay, then put the clay on the blind man's eyes and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam. After doing as Jesus said, the man came away from the pool able to see. The man's neighbors were amazed, and he explained to them how Jesus had healed him. The Pharisees claimed that Jesus was a sinner for having healed someone on the Sabbath. When the man who had been blind was asked what he thought about Jesus, he said Jesus was a prophet. Later, Jesus found the man and revealed that He was the Son of God. The healed man believed and worshiped Jesus.
Artist, Del Parson
Stilling the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:22-25)
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26)
Jesus and His disciples boarded a ship to cross the Sea of Galilee. As they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep and a great storm arose. The wind blew and waves covered the ship. Jesus' disciples thought they were going to be killed, so they awoke Jesus and cried, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" (Mark 4:38; Matthew 8:23-25; Mark 4:36-37; Luke 8:22-24).
Jesus said, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39). "[Then] he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm" (Mark 4:39; Matthew 8:26; Luke 8:24).
Jesus fell asleep as He and His disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee. A great storm arose. The wind blew and waves covered the ship. The disciples, afraid for their lives, woke Jesus. He stood and told the winds and the sea to be still. The storm stopped, and the sea was calm. The disciples were amazed that even the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus.
Artist, Ted Henninger
Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter (Matthew 9:18-19, Matthew 9:23-25; Mark 5:22-24, Mark 5:35-43; Luke 8:41-42, Luke 8:49-56)
He went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. (Matthew 9:25)
While Jesus was teaching the people, a ruler named Jairus came and knelt before Him. Jairus asked Jesus to come to his home because his only daughter, who was about 12 years old, was dying. Jairus had faith that his daughter could be healed if Jesus would lay His hands upon her. (Matthew 9:18-19; Mark 5:22-23; Luke 8:41-42).
Jesus started to go home with Jairus, but other people crowded around Him. While Jesus was helping a sick woman, a man came and told Jairus that his daughter had died. (Matthew 9:19; Mark 5:24, Mark 5:35; Luke 8:49). When Jesus heard this He said, "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole" (Luke 8:50; Mark 5:36).
When Jesus arrived at Jairus's home, He told the mourners not to cry because the girl was not dead. The mourners laughed at Jesus and made fun of Him because they knew she was dead. (Matthew 9:23-24; Mark 5:38-40; Luke 8:52-53).
Jesus sent the mourners away and went into the house with Peter, James, John, Jairus, and Jairus's wife (Mark 5:40; Luke 8:51). Then He took the girl by the hand and said, "I say unto thee, arise" (Mark 5:41; Luke 8:54). The girl's spirit returned to her body, and she arose from her bed (Matthew 9:25; Mark 5:42; Luke 8:55).
A ruler named Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and heal his dying daughter. On the way they learned it was too late: the little girl had died. However, Jesus told Jairus not to fear but to believe in Him. When Jesus entered the house He told the mourners not to cry. He told them the girl was not dead but asleep. They laughed because they knew she was dead. Jesus took the girl by the hand and told her to arise. She returned to life and rose from her bed.
Artist, Greg K. Olsen
Christ and the Children (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17)
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
The multitudes brought their young children for Jesus to bless, but the disciples told them to go away, feeling that Jesus should not be bothered with children (Matthew 19:13; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15).
"But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14; Matthew 19:14; Luke 18:16). Jesus then taught that only those people who accept the gospel with the faith of a little child could enter the kingdom of God (Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17).
Jesus loved the children and took them in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:16).
Many people brought their children to be blessed by Jesus. The disciples thought Jesus should not be bothered and sent them away. Jesus told the disciples to let the little children come to Him. Then He taught that only those with the faith of a little child can enter God's kingdom. Jesus welcomed the little children into His arms and blessed them.
Artist, Harry Anderson
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
But a certain Samaritan ... had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, ... and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (Luke 10:33-34)
A lawyer asked Jesus, "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25). Jesus asked him what was written in the scriptures, and the lawyer answered, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself" (Luke 10:27; Luke 10:26).
Jesus told the lawyer that he would have eternal life if he obeyed this command, but then the lawyer asked, "Who is my neighbour?" (Luke 10:29; Luke 10:28). To answer the lawyer's question, Jesus told the story of a man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way, he was attacked by thieves who took his clothes, beat him, and left him half dead. A priest came along and, seeing the injured man, passed by on the other side of the road. Then a Levite came by, but he also passed on the other side of the road to avoid the man. (Luke 10:30-32).
Finally, a Samaritan came by and stopped to help the hurt man, washing and wrapping his wounds. The Samaritan put the man on his own animal, took him to an inn, and stayed with him through the night. The next day, the Samaritan gave the innkeeper money and said, "Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee" (Luke 10:35; Luke 10:33-34).
Jesus then asked the lawyer which of the three travelers was a good neighbor to the injured man (Luke 10:36). The lawyer replied that the Samaritan was because he had cared for the man, and Jesus said, "Go, and do thou likewise" (Luke 10:37).
In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus told about a traveler who was attacked by thieves and left half dead. A priest and then a Levite saw the hurt man, but each of them passed by without helping. Finally, a Samaritan came by and stopped to help the man. He bandaged the man's wounds and carried him on his own animal to an inn. The Samaritan left money with the innkeeper for the man's care. This story shows us what it means to follow the commandment to love our neighbors.
Artist, Walter Rane
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