December 29 ~ Bread of Life

•Jesus Calms the Storm•
Background @ Mark 4:35
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s sail across to the other side.”
Story @ Mark 4:35-41 || @ Matthew 8:23-27 || @ Luke 8:22-25

•The Story of £€GION•
MUSIC & HYMNS: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)”
PSALM RESPONSIVE READING @ Psalm 139:1-14 (NLT)
SCRIPTURE @ Revelation 2:17 (NLT)
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Mark 4:35-41 || @ Matthew 8:23-27 || @ Luke 8:22-25 (Jesus Calms the Storm)
@ Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s sail across to the other side.” Soon a fierce storm came up on the Sea of Galilee. filling their ship with water, and they were in great danger. Jesus turned the tide of the storm, and there was a great calm. The terrified disciples finally reasoned in their minds, “even the winds and waves obey him!” They had before them hard evidence of Christ’s power. Now morning came as they hit shore in Gadara, where no one was safe to pass.
NARRATE the STORY @ Mark 5:1-20, and 7:31, and 8:1,9,10 || @ Matthew 8:28-34

John Singer Sargent
American 1856 – 1925
Frieze of the Prophets
Oil on canvas

•The Bleeding Woman•
Background @ Mark 5:21,25
Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.
Story @ Mark 5:21,25-34 || @ Matthew 9:20-22 || @ Luke 8:40,43-48

•Jarius•
Background @ Mark 5:21-22
Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jarius, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
Story @ Mark 5:21-24,35a-43 || @ Matthew 9:18-19,23-26 || @ Luke 8:40-42,49-56

•Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute•
Background @ Matthew 9:27
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Story @ Matthew 9:27-34

•Jesus Rejected at Nazareth, Amazed at Unbelief•
Background @ Luke 4:16-30 (1st rejection at Nazareth)
@ Mark 6:1
Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown.
Story @ Mark 6:1-6 || @ Matthew 13:53-58

•Jesus Sends Out the 12 Apostles•
Background @ John 1:35-51 (the first disciples)
@ Mark 1:16-20 || @ Matthew 4:18-22 (the disciples follow Jesus)
@ Mark 2:13-17 || @ Matthew 9:9-13 || @ Luke 5:27-32 (Jesus calls Levi Matthew)
@ Mark 3:7-19 || @ Luke 6:12-16 (Jesus chooses the 12 apostles)
@ Mark 6:7
And he called his 12 disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.
Story @ Mark 6:7-13 || @ Matthew 10:1-42 || Luke 9:1-6

•The Death of John the Baptist•
Background @ John 1:6-9, 15 (prologue)
@ John 3:23-36, and 5:31-47 (John exalts Jesus, witnesses to Jesus)
@ Luke 3:19-20 (John imprisoned)
@ Matthew 11:1-19 || @ Luke 7:18-35 (Jesus and John the Baptist)
@ Luke 9:7-8
When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about everything Jesus was doing, he was puzzled. Some were saying that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead. Others thought Jesus was Elijah or one of the other prophets risen from the dead.
Story @ Luke 9:7-9 || Mark 6:14-29 || @ Matthew 14:1-12

•Jesus Feeds 5,000•
Background @ Matthew 14:13
As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.
Story @ Matthew 14:13-21 || @ Mark 6:30-44 || @ Luke 9:10-17 || @ John 6:1-15

Rembrandt
c.1606-c.1669
Dutch painter, teacher, draftsman, printmaker and etcher
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee
1633
160 x 127 cms | 62 3/4 x 50 ins
Oil on canvas

•The Story of Jesus Walks on Water•
MUSIC & HYMNS: “Like an Avalanche”
PSALMS responsive reading @ Psalm 107:23-32 (NLT)
SCRIPTURE @ Isaiah 43:1-4 (NLT)
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Matthew 8:23-27, and 14:13-21 (NLT)
Mark 4:35-41
Jesus got into the boat and started across the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck, with waves breaking into the boat, but Jesus was sleeping! The disciples went and woke him, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him.”
NARRATE the STORY  @ Matthew 14:22-36 (NLT) || @ Mark 6:45-56 || and @ John 6:16-21

•Jesus, The Bread of Life•
Background @ John 6:22-25
The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Story @ John 6:22-59


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
A Voice from the Cliffs
Watercolor on paper
1883
Private collection

•Jesus Teaches about Inner Purity•
Background @ Matthew 15:1-2
Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, “Why do your disciples disobey our age-old traditions? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.”
Story @ Mark 7:1-23 || @ Matthew 15:1-20

•Faith of  the Gentile Woman•
Background @ Mark 7:24
Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre.
Story @ Mark 7:24-30 || @ Matthew 15:21-28

•Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man•
Background @ Mark 7:31
Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns.
Story @ Mark 7:31-37

•Jesus Heals Many People•
Background @ Matthew 15:29
Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down.
Story @ Matthew 15:29-31

•Jesus Feeds 4,000•
Background @ Mark 8:1a
About that time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again.
Story @ Mark 8:1-9 || Matthew 15:32-39

•Yeast of the Leaders•
Background @ Mark 8:1-9 || @ Matthew 15:32-39 (Jesus Feeds 4,000)
@ Matthew 16:1a
One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus.
Story @ Matthew 16:1-12 || @ Mark 8:11-21

•Jesus Heals a Blind Man•
Background @ Mark 8:22
When they arrived in Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him.
Story @ Mark 8:22-26

•Peter’s Declaration about Jesus•
Background @ Matthew 16:13
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Phillippi, he left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
Story @ Mark 8:27-30 || @ Matthew 16:13-20 || @ Luke 9:18-20

•Jesus Predicts His Death•
Background @ Mark 8:31
Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.
Story @ Mark 8:31-9:1 || @ Matthew 16:21-28 || @ Luke 9:21-27
~ §tacy §weeney