OUR SIDE-BY-SIDE comparison of Jesus’ ministry continues with our chronological study of the New Testament. This week, Jesus calms the storm, drives out the demons who call themselves Legion (“for we are many”), and brings back the daughter of Jairus, the synagogue leader, from the dead.
We also examine several of Jesus’ best-known parables, including the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Mustard Seed–which probably doesn’t mean what you think it means.
JESUS SAVED his harshest criticism for the self-appointed gatekeepers of the faith, the scribes (lawyers) and Pharisees who became stumbling blocks between the people and God. He also had some very blunt comments about the people of his home town, Capernaum, and nearby Chorazim, saying it would be better at the judgment for the people of Nineveh, Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, and Gomorrah because they, although undeniably wicked, had never witnessed the miracles worked by Christ.