And the crowd was very large with men, as well as many women and children. As explained in Matthew , this is what happened next: " Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
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Of all of the miracles that Jesus had performed in healing people, turning water into wine and in feeding a multitude of people with a single basket of food, the miracle that made the disciples proclaim that Jesus was the Son of God was his miracle of walking on water. Jesus told his disciples to go out into the water in a boat while Jesus went to a private place to pray. Later, Jesus walked out to the boat and startled the disciples. They thought they were seeing a ghost walking on the water. But after they realized that it was Jesus, they worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God.
Similar to other prophets in the Bible, Jesus foretold events that later happened. He prophesized that Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed and that the Word of God would be preached to every corner of the world. These prophecies were fulfilled.
But, Jesus is different than the other prophets of God. For one, Jesus was the subject of many of the prophecies given by the others. And two, Jesus fulfilled some of his own prophecies.
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As explained in Matthew , Jesus prophesized his own persecution, death and resurrection. In Matthew , the Bible says: After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Listen to him! But Jesus came and touched them. NIV translation. In Matthew , the Bible says: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew , the Bible says: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?
When the disciples of Jesus had seen a man who had been blind since birth, they asked Jesus if the man's blindness was a result of his own sins or if it was the result of his parents' sins. Jesus answered them that the man's blindness was not due to the man's sins or his parents' sins.
Jesus said the man's blindness happened "so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. In John , the Bible gives another account of Jesus raising someone from the dead. In this case, it is a man named Lazarus. When Jesus was told that Lazarus was seriously ill, he said:. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it. A few days later, Jesus traveled to the tomb of Lazarus, where Lazarus had been for four days. Jesus went to Martha, Lazarus' sister, and:.
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? Jesus went to the tomb and called out for Lazarus, who then rose from death to life and walked out of the tomb. The end of Jesus' ministry was marked with a triumphal entry into Jerusalem and great antagonism from local religious leaders.
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About years before the time of Jesus, there was a prophet of God named Zechariah see Zechariah who spoke of a king presenting himself to Jerusalem while riding on a humble donkey. This is how Jesus entered the Holy City of Jerusalem shortly before he was crucified and killed. He rode on the back of a donkey into the city.
Along the way, a crowd of people gathered near Him, praising him as he went by. The religious and political groups of Jerusalem, such as the Pharisees and Sadducees, were often at odds with Jesus. Members of these groups conspired to get rid of Jesus. In Matthew 22, the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking whether Jews should pay taxes to the Romans:. Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax. And whose inscription? When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away. The opponents of Jesus had to be careful in trying to silence him.
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They knew that Jesus was popular, so they tried to find ways to trap him without angering the people. In this example from the book of Matthew, the opponents came up with a ploy that backfired:. Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
John's baptism-where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men? They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Then why didn't you believe him? Then he said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.