Parables, and Miracles of Christ
WITH what words had John the Baptist announced Christ's ministry?
cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:
He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." Matt. 3:11.
How old was Jesus when He began His ministry?
"And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age." Luke
By what act and what miraculous manifestations was His ministry opened?
"And it came
to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized
of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, He saw
the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him: and
there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased." Mark 1:9-11.
Before entering upon His ministry, through what experience did Jesus pass?
"And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And
He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was
with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto Him." Verses
12,13. See also Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13.
With what was Jesus anointed for His work?
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power: who
went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;
for God was with Him." Acts 10:38.
Where did Jesus begin His ministry?
"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and
there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He
taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all." Luke 4:14,15.
How did He announce His mission while at Nazareth?
"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His
custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up
for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet
Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was
written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to
preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the
broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of
sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the
acceptable year of the Lord. . . . And He began to say unto them, This
day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." Verses 16-21.
How were the people impressed with His preaching?
"And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth." Verse 22.
Why were the people at Capernaum astonished at His teaching?
"And [He] came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them
on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His
word was with power." Verses 31,32.
Wherein did His teaching differ from that of the scribes?
"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people
were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one having
authority, and not as the scribes." Matt. 7:28,29.
How did the common people receive Christ?
"And the common people heard Him gladly." Mark
In His ministry, what work was closely associated with His preaching?
"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease among the people." Matt. 4:23.
ministry, Christ combined plain, practical teaching with practical,
helpful relief work.
How extensive was His fame, and how many were attracted to Him?
"And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto
Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and
those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and
those that had the palsy; and He healed them. And there followed Him great
multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and
from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond
Jordan." Verses 24,25.
What expression used frequently in narrating His ministry shows Christ's
deep sympathy with mankind?
"But when He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion
on them, because
they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no
shepherd." "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great
multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed
their sick." Matt. 9:36; 14:14.
In what few words did Christ sum up the object of His ministry?
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost." Luke 19:10.
How did Christ feel over the impenitence of Jerusalem?
"And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept
over it." Luke
other place did Christ appear so much a reformer as in Jerusalem, the
headquarters of the Jewish religion, which religion, though having come
from Christ Himself, had degenerated into mere formalism and a round of
ceremony. Both the beginning and the close of His ministry here was marked
by a cleansing of the temple. See John 2:13-18 and Matt. 21:12-16.
Christ! my Strength, my King,
He is my comfort and my stay;
In Him I hope, of Him I Sing,
While toiling o'er life's rugged way.
Chiefest among ten thousand He,
For Christ, my King, is all to me.
MRS. L. D. AVERY-STUTTLE.
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