Teaching Us Along the Way

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. Matthew 19:1-2

Again, we see Jesus being followed by the masses wherever he went. This was the social media word of mouth 2000 years ago. It was quite effective.

Not at all diminishing Jesus’ “drawing” power, but I suppose some in the throngs had no idea what was going on so they followed just to follow the masses. For the vast majority, though, they knew exactly who they were following.

On the way and in Judea he healed. He healed where He prior to this and He healed afterwards. Healing seemed to be the physical expression of what He desired to do spiritually. He had their undivided attention after He healed.

As He walked, he taught His disciples, and the teaching had to filter down to the people as well. They weren’t following Him just to watch Him heal but because He had important, life-changing things to say.

As we read Scripture, we don’t absorb everything at once.

We understand little by little and it’s different depending on where you are in life when you read it.

We’re not following Him just because He heals and saves others. No, we continue to follow Him because He saved us and He can teach us everything we need to lead a godly life in Christ (2 Timothy 3:12).

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