In this narrative, a Roman centurion seeks out Jesus.
Religion puts people in a cosy bubble; they think that they are safe with God because they keep most of the rules and are like the other people in the group. But that can be a dangerous illusion.
Why did Jesus do so many extraordinary miracles?
Every business needs a market; and when people express interest in the products or services they need to be satisfied.
It is easy to claim to have faith, until it is put to the test. The storm on the lake certainly provided a decisive challenge. It all started in a very ordinary way for them.
Jesus and His disciples arrived by boat onto a lonely shore, but soon two men joined them.
Confronted by two violent, demonised men, Jesus and His disciples stepped from their boat onto an otherwise deserted beach. The demons recognised who Jesus was and were in awe of His power over them.
Having released two men from the grip of demons, Jesus travelled back by boat to Capernaum (Mark 2:1).
A paralysed man and his friends trusted Jesus for healing (Matthew 9:1-3). But when Jesus saw his faith, He forgave his sins - causing an indignant muttering by the religious leaders.
This part of Matthew's gospel is very personal to the writer: it is about himself.
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