Mark 1, John the Baptist prepares the way, Jesus’ Baptism, Temptation, the first Disciples, driving out an evil Spirit, heals many, including a man with leprosy and prays in a solitary space

Mark 1, John the Baptist prepares the way, Jesus’ Baptism, Temptation, the first Disciples, driving out an evil Spirit, heals many, including a man with leprosy and prays in a solitary space.

Matthew 9, Jesus heals, forgives sins, calls Matthew, what about fasting?, great faith, the Lord’s harvest.

“Everyone knows that only God” can forgive sins.

In those days, a bed was only a mat, less than half an inch thick.

Tax collectors were despised, having colluded with the Romans to collect sometimes much more than required by Roman law. Corruption was rampant.

Luke and John also record this call.

The final harvest is yet to come.

Matthew 4, the Temptation of Jesus, calling of the first disciples, early ministry.

The tempter appeals to Jesus to show His power over the elements, Jesus answers back with scripture.

The tempter is wising up. Now he is using scripture to tempt Jesus.


Jesus answers back with scripture.

Finally the tempter appeals to Jesus vanity. This always works, except this time. Jesus answers back with scripture.

The prophecy in Isaiah 9 begins in doom and gloom, but promises the great light.

And Isaiah 9:6-7 is two of the most wonderful verses in all of scripture.


Matthew calls it “the Kingdom of Heaven, the other Gospels “the Kingdom of God”. It means the same.  “My Kingdom is not of this world”

John 4, the woman at the well, healing of the official’s son at Capernaum.

Richard Blanchard (1925-2004)

It would have been much easier to follow the Jordan River up to Galilee.There are two possible routes, both cumbersome.

Nobody draws water in the middle of the day unless they have to.

Jesus spoke in Aramaic, which makes the statement “I am” even stronger. Jesus claimed he is God.

The last word is “cosmos”. Jesus really is the savior of the universe.