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Jesus -- the Guru #33

Jesus’ Attitude toward the Suffering



At Jesus’ time, religious leaders said that people who were poor or sick or handicapped because of a punishment from God. Bad things happened to people because they somehow deserved it. What was Jesus’ attitude?



Read Matthew 9:1-2, 27-36, 20:29-34



Jesus Heals a Paralytic


9:1Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.2Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”



Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute


9:27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”


28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.


29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;30and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”31But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.


32While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.33And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”


34But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

The Workers Are Few


35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.


Two Blind Men Receive Sight


20:29As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.30Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”


31The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”


32Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.


33“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”


34Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.



What does Jesus expect His disciples’ attitude to be? Read Matthew 25:31-40.



The Sheep and the Goats


31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.


34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’


37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’


40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’



 


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