StoneBridge Community Church
The Messianic Miracles of Rabbi Jesus
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Disciples Visit John the Baptist in Prison by Andrea Pisano ca. 1463, for south doors of the Florence Baptistry.

The Text in Context

Allen Ross, "The Question of John the Baptist" From the series An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.
The First Messianic Miracle: Healing a leper

The Healing of the Ten Lepers (detail), by James Tissot

Christ Among the Lepers (detail), by J. Kirk Richards

For Reflection/Discussion: How would you define a miracle? What evidence is there that Jesus performed miracles? Why are some people skeptical about miracles? What is a Messianic miracle? Why was leprosy such a terrible condition in ancient Israel? How would leprosy impact a person's physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and family life? What does Jesus' healing the man with leprosy have to say about God's power and love?
The Second Messianic Miracle: The exorcism of a mute spirit

The Blind and Mute Man Possessed by Demons (detail), James Tissot.

2. Jesus has authority over…

Sight Restored (detail), by J. Kirk Richards

For Reflection/Discussion: The New Testament records a number of instances of Jesus healing people from demons or evil spirits. What are your thoughts and questions as you read these accounts? What, if any, connection do you see between these stories and the widespread prevalence of addiction in today's culture? What means does God use to free people from bondage? What, if anything, are you in bondage to?
The Third Messianic Miracle: Giving sight to a person born blind

Yetzer Hara

In Judaism, yetzer hara refers to the congenital inclination to do evil, by violating the will of God. The term is drawn from the phrase "the imagination of the heart of man [is] evil" which occurs twice in the Hebrew Bible, at Genesis 6:5 and 8:21. Wikipedia article.
For Reflection/Discussion: While the miracle that Jesus performs involves healing a man born blind, John 9 shows how blindness comes in many forms. Read John 9. What insights is John pointing to in this chapter? Given the evidence of Jesus' Messianic miracles, why do his enemies and critics insist on rejecting him? Why do people resist or reject becoming followers of Jesus today?
The Fourth Messianic Miracle: Raising someone from the dead after three days

3 Reasons Jesus's Miracles Still Matter Today

Vern S. Poythress, "3 Reasons Jesus's Miracles Still Matter Today" CrossWalk, December 28, 2015.
For Reflection/Discussion: Have you ever faced a seemingly impossible situation? How did you feel? How did you deal with the situation? In what ways was God present? How did the religious authorities respond to Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead? Why did they respond this way? How did their decision further God's purposes? Why is undoing death the ultimate Messianic miracle? How does the undoing of death by Jesus impact you?

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