26 The people were in awe at this thing that Jesus had done.
27 Now, Demetrius, knowing the Jewish custom, sat by the stoop watching the merrymaking. Joshua, seeing him, said, "Who is that?"
28 "It is the Roman," Andrew answered. "Jesus' friend. A good man! He saved my life. Jesus holds him in good favor."
29 Joshua went to the bridegroom explaining what was at hand. "Then how is it he sits without?" cried the bridegroom. "Fetch my sister. She has no companion. Let her keep him company. No friend of Jesus, no matter where he comes from, should be kept out of a man's house. What man would so offend God?"
30 So Demetrius was invited in. It was good for all enjoyed his company.
31 After this they went up again to Nazareth where Jesus had been raised. As was the custom He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day, and stood up to read. There was given to Him the book of the Prophete Esaias.
32 He opened it, and found the place where it was written 'The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because He has appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, to restore the sight of the blind, to sit at liberty them that are bound, to preach the acceptable year of The Lord.'
33 Then He closed the book, gave it again to the minister and sat down. The eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened upon Him. He began to say to them, "This day is the Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
34 All bore Him witness and wondered at the greatness of the words which proceeded out of His mouth. They said, "Is this not Joseph's Son?"
35 He said unto them, "You will surely say unto me this proverb....'Physician, heal yourself. Whatsoever we have done in other places do also here in your country.'"
36 Their moaning made Him stop. But then He continued. "Truly I say unto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.
37 But I tell you of a truth. Many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias when the Heavens were shut up three years and six months, when a great famine was throughout the land.
38 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Serepat, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. Many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus and none of them were cleaned, saving Naaman the Syrian."
39 All of them in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, rose up, thrust Him out of the city and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereupon their city was built, that they might cast Him down, headlong.
40 But He became unseen to their eyes, passing through the midst of them, going His way.
41 He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath day. They were astonished at His doctrine, for His words were given with such Power.
42 There was, in the synagogue, a man that was possessed with a Dark Spirit. It cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Leave us alone! What have we done to you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, oh holy one of God!"
43 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold your place and come out of him!"
44 The man cast himself down upon the floor. A black smoke rose out of him and disappeared. But the man was not hurt. Not a bruise was upon him!
45 All were amazed, speaking among themselves. "What a Power is this? What authority does He have? He tells a Dark One to depart, and by His word, alone, it goes out."
46 The fame of Him spread about the country even more.
THE ARREST OF JOHN
He left the temple with many following him and went into Simon's house. Simon's wife was sick burning with a fever. Jesus rebuked the fever, though but a moment before she had been near death, she rose up and went to do her duties as wife.
2 They brought all manner of sick unto Him. Not one went away without comfort. The demons fled from those they had brought, sanctifying His name and calling Him Son Of God.
3 Christ rebuked them, that they should not speak.
4 In these days He departed and went out into the desert, saying "I must preach the Kingdom Of god to other cities, also, for this is why I was sent."
5 Great multitudes began to follow Him.
6 Now, at this time, also, Herod's wrath became increasingly great against John. He sent his soldiers to seize him, they laid hands on him and threw him into Herod's castle. Word of this was brought to Jesus.
7 He said unto the messenger, "What care I that the Will of God is being done? That that is to come to pass must come to pass. Is it not written that John must go before me?"
8 The people heard His words but understood them not. For it was not yet time that they should understand.
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