What's a nice Jewish boy ... ?
Over the next three years Jesus travelled the length and breadth of ancient Israel, teaching and healing. This was an especially busy time for him and the New Testament only records a fraction of the things that he did in that time, a fact recorded by John (not the Baptist), one of his closest friends, 'Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.'
Without going into specifics, here is a brief overview of his healings and miracles performed:
He healed a man with leprosy, a Roman's servant, his friend's mother-in-law, a paralysed man, a woman with 'bleeding', two blind men, a mute possessed man, a man with a shrivelled hand, a mute, blind possessed man, a Canaanite's daughter, a demonised boy, another two blind men, a deaf mute, a possessed man in a synagogue, another blind man, a crippled woman, a man with dropsy, the high priest's servant, an official's son, a sick man by a pool and a man born blind. He also brought back Jairus' daughter, a widow's son and Lazarus to life. His miracles included calming the storm, walking on the water, feeding 5000+ people, feeding 4000+ people, extracting a coin from a fish's mouth, withering a fig tree, turning water into wine and two miraculous fishing catches.
Right, I've got all that out of the way. I'm quite proud that I've covered, in one paragraph, material that has provided pocket money (alas, the lot of a writer is not always a lucrative one!) for thousands of Christian writers throughout the centuries.
Without wanting to demean these healings and miracles, I think that it's important, in order to grab the wider picture, to look at these things as a whole. One thing that I will mention, though, is something that will be relevant later on in our study and that concerns a couple of the healings mentioned.
It was known at the time of Jesus that, although there had been many cases of healings by miracle workers, there were some healings that were impossible except at the hand of the promised Messiah. The healing of the leper and the blind, possessed mute were just two of these.
This is hinted at in the Biblical text, where we see the witnesses being astonished and saying, "could this be the Son of David?"
So, why wasn't he accepted as such? We'll look at that again a bit later.