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  The Great Bible Story #100
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Jesus, Lord over sickness and death

Jacob Ninan
As Jesus came to a city called Nain, He saw a funeral procession of a young man, the only son of his mother, a widow. He felt sad, stopped the procession, and brought the man to life!

Jesus was friends with a family of two sisters, Martha and Mary, and their brother, Lazarus. One day Lazarus was sick, but Jesus was away travelling in His ministry. The sisters sent an urgent word to Him, asking Him to come and heal Lazarus. But Jesus decided to stay a couple of more days in the same place and continue with His work. This must have looked strange in the eyes of many people. But finally the news came that Lazarus had died, and then Jesus started towards their home! When He reached there, the body was in the tomb. Martha and Mary were naturally upset that Jesus who could have healed their brother didn't come when they needed Him the most! Jesus went to the tomb and asked people to move the stone that blocked the entrance of the cave. The sisters warned Him that there would be a stink by then! But Jesus told them He Himself was the resurrection and the life, and that if they believed in Him they would see the glory of God. He prayed to the Father and then He asked Lazarus to come out. Lazarus came out, bound in his grave clothes. People couldn't be amazed more. But the Pharisees and the rulers wanted to kill Jesus because He was becoming too popular for them and exposing their hollowness.

One day Jesus healed a man who had been born blind. When the Jewish leaders asked him how it had happened, he said that a Man called Jesus had healed him. They verified with his parents whether he had really been born blind. Then they told the man Jesus couldn't be from God because He had healed on a sabbath day. But when the man insisted that no one could have healed him unless he was from God, they cast him out of the synagogue.

There was a pool called Bethesda around which sick people used to lie, expecting for, according to tradition, an angel to come and stir the water. They believed that the first one who got into the water after that would get healed. Jesus saw there a man who had been sick for thirty eight years. When Jesus asked him why he wasn't healed after all that time, he said that by the time he got going someone else would beat him to the water. At this point Jesus asked him if he really wanted to be healed. When the man said yes, Jesus asked him to get up, take his bed and walk. That's what he did!


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