Map Jesus in Aenon
Map Jesus in Aenon. Jesus and his disciples leave Jerusalem after stirring up heated debate among the Bible scholars. John the Baptist stays behind and is arrested a short time later, and eventually beheaded.
Jesus, in Cana, heals Capernaum boy
Jesus, in Cana, heals boy in Capernaum
John 4:46-54, Casual English Bible
Jesus goes to CanaJesus went back to the Galilean village of Cana, where he had turned water into wine. Further ahead, in the village of Capernaum, a government official had a son who was critically ill. When the official heard that Jesus had returned to Galilee from Judea, he went to meet him. He told Jesus that his son was about to die, and he begged Jesus to come to the village and heal him. Jesus told the people, “You folks aren’t going to believe in me until you see proof. You need miraculous signs.” The official told Jesus, “Please, sir, come with me before my little boy dies.”
Long-distance healingJesus told the man, “Go back home. Your son will live.” The man believed him and went back home. On his way home, some of his servants rushed to meet him. They brought news that his son was alive and doing well. 5he man asked what time his son started to get better. They said, “Yesterday at about one o’clock in the afternoon. That’s when the fever broke.”
Converted by the miracleImmediately, the father realized that was the very hour Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live.” The man became a believer because of this. So did everyone in his household. This was the second miraculous sign Jesus did. He did it after returning to Galilee from Judea.
Jesus, in Cana, heals boy in Capernaum
Model of JerusalemModel of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus Christ, with the Temple, Fortress of Antonia, Sheep Gate, Pools of Bethesda, Pool of Siloam.
The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus was built by King Herod, beginning between 20-18 BCE. The Temple was a major cultural, religious, and political center of the Jewish people. It was located on the Temple Mount, a large platform of stone that covered an area of about 36 acres.
The Temple was made up of various components. This included the Courtyard of the Gentiles, the Women's Courtyard, the Court of Israel, and the Holy of Holies, which housed the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark had been lost to invaders by the time of Jesus. The Temple was also the location for sacrifices and offerings to God.
During Jesus' time, the Temple was a bustling religious center, and Jews and pilgrims from all over the world traveled to Jerusalem to worship there. The Temple was where Jesus overturned the tables of the money-changers and the dove-sellers. It was also where he encountered the teachers of the law and had several notable debates with them.
Jerusalem itself was a city of great significance and sacredness to the Jewish people. The city was first established as the capital of Israel by King David and was the site of the First Temple, which was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BCE. After the Jews returned from Babylonian exile, they rebuilt the Temple and the city.
During Jesus' time, Jerusalem was under Roman rule and was a bustling cosmopolitan city. It was home to several parties and sects, including the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots. The city was also an important trading hub, with traders and merchants coming from all over the Roman Empire to do business there.
Despite its importance and significance, Jerusalem was also a city that experienced conflict and tension during the time of Jesus. The Jewish people longed for independence and freedom from Roman rule, and there were several revolts that took place both during and after Jesus' lifetime.
So, the Jewish Temple and Jerusalem in the time of Jesus were central to Jewish culture, religion, and politics. The Temple was a significant religious center, and Jerusalem was a bustling city that was at the heart of many historical events. Together, these two places provide important context and insights into the life and teachings of Jesus.
Traveling advice from Jesus' brothers
Traveling advice from Jesus' brothersWhen Jesus' brothers saw what Jesus was capable of and how he drew the crowds, they encouraged Jesus to go to Judea. There he couldshow his miracles to the world. Jerusalem was in Judea. “You should leave here and head down to Judea so your followers there can see the kinds of things you’re doing. If you want to spread the word, you don’t keep it a secret. The world needs to meet you and see what you’re doing” (John 7:3-4). In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus used the opportunity of his brothers’ visit to teach about the spiritual ties between his followers and him. He told them, "Anyone who does what God wants is family to me."
Forever a virgin?The brothers of Jesus were mentioned in the Bible as his siblings, but their relationship with Jesus has been debated by scholars. The Casual English Bible say that some people believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had other children with Joseph after Jesus was born. Other Christians say Mary remained a virgin.
Jesus brothers, or were they cousins?In the Gospel of Mark, people from Jesus' hometown called him the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon (Mark 6:3). However, in Catholic tradition, scholars say Mary remained a virgin throughout her life. So, these "brothers" were cousins or close relatives.
Brother James, pastor in Jerusalem?Christian tradition teaches that the brothers became his followers after his death and resurrection. James, one of the brothers, became a leader in the early Christian church in Jerusalem and wrote the book of James in the New Testament. Despite the debate around their relationship with Jesus, the brothers of Jesus served as important figures in the expanding Christian movement after his death.
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