Episode 3,Season 2: The Chosen

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I hope you are able to download and watch Episode 3 from the link above. I pray you are blessed. Now, let’s isolate 3 topics addressed in Episode 3 of Season 2.

1. This is the first major gathering for healing which gave us our first glimpse of the effect of EVANGELIZING.

People came from miles around and stood for hours waiting to be healed by Jesus, but how did they know to come? Why did they think they could be healed?

Jesus did not heal the woman at the well. He simply spoke to her about her past. He knew everything about her, which she told everyone in Samaria. Jesus had healed the leper on the road and the cripple at Zebedee’s house previously but had told both to only present themselves to the Pharisees to be examined and then they were to go home. (Remember they were Jews and he was simply obeying Jewish law, plus His time had not yet come.)

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So how did all of these people find out about Jesus? My guess is word of mouth beginning with the woman at the well telling everyone that Jesus was the Messiah, plus we saw the first healing of a non-Jew, the farmer in Samaria who had broken his leg and I’m sure that Jesus was counting on him spreading the word also.

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These are our first examples of evangelizing. We see that what we say to people really matters. Telling others about our personal relationship with Jesus and sharing what God has done for us in our lives, is the best form of evangelizing. It connects us. They aren’t just words on a tract. Sharing personal stories of faith with someone, makes God real and offers the possibility that they too can have the same thing. We are each called, just like the farmer and the woman at the well, to be witnesses, to share our testimony with as many people as we can and to claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our testimonies bring hope and healing to the world.

This is exactly what the Disciples did after Jesus was gone. This is what the Gospels are; a retelling of what the Disciples saw, what they heard and what they learned and how Jesus changed their world.

What did we Learn:

“Our job is not to feed the multitude. Our job is to bring the LOAVES and FISHES.” Dallas Jenkins, The Chosen. The rest is up to God.

It’s not easy being a follower, but it’s worth it. The job that the Disciples had, all day, was basically crowd control. They weren’t there to build an army. They were there to serve others. This is our job as well. Their job was an important one although they didn’t see it that way. This shows us that no job is too small or insignificant, if it is part of God’s plan and glorifies God.

Jesus used healing to prove who He was, and so that those who were healed would tell others what He had done. We are also called to tell our stories. We are called to Shout to the world what God has done for us.

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2. Deep feelings, wounds and Anger were exposed.

The Disciple Little James reveals he is afraid to ask Jesus to heal him because he’s afraid Jesus will think less of him or throw him out of the group. He also questions how the people seem to only be there to be healed and not necessarily to learn or to become followers.

What did we learn?

Never limit your prayers because you think you’re sinful or undeserving. You’re not praying because of who you are. You’re praying because of who HE is. We are not to question why God does what He does or question why he heals or calls this person or that person. God knows. It is all part of a much bigger plan.

Matthew 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

James 4:2-3“You do not have because you do not ask God…”

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The different personalities of the Disciples really came out. Deep rooted anger towards Matthew being a tax collector exploded as the Disciples sat around the campfire. It wasn’t just Simon being a bully. The Disciples were ready to fight one another. Matthew was blamed and shamed because of his past. Big James, John are angry at Simon for putting them and their business at risk. Remember that Simon had negotiated with the Romans to save his own skin. He was going to lead the Romans to James and John fishing on Shabbat. Big James, John and Simon all still think that they will be called to fight the Romans with Jesus.

The Disciples are still trying to figure out what this new life with Jesus is all about, what their job is, if they are trying to get followers to build an army or to simply lead others to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. They are still learning about each other, angry at each other and holding grudges against one another. Without saying a word to them, Jesus teaches them a lesson.

Remember what Philip told Matthew last week? “People try to define us by our past, but we are different because of Jesus. We are redefined by Him.” None of the Disciples have apparently learned this yet.

What did we learn?

(Don’t let others define who you are. You are not who you were. You are who you are because of who HE is).

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Mary, Jesus’ Mother, reveals, not only her sorrow but also the joy and wonder of being the mother of the Son of God. You can hear the sorrow in her voice when she makes the statement that Jesus doesn’t need her anymore. Jesus knew his mother’s pain, knew her thoughts before she put them into words and showed her that He still appreciated and needed her.

If you are a mother or even a grandmother, you can relate to what Mary says. Children grow up. They don’t need us like they did when they were young. They leave home, are busy and have their own lives. It’s just part of life, but it’s difficult to watch as they stumble and get hurt as adults. We can’t fix them. We can’t protect them. We can only be close and be ready just in case.

What did we learn?

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There is such a special connection between Jesus and Mary. The love and compassion they have for one another is inspiring. It encourages us to tell the people we care about how much we love and need them. We never know if we will ever have another chance.

3. Philip gives Matthew his first scripture / lesson in Torra

Psalm 139:8 – If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; …if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.

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Phillip explained that “There are no heights you can climb to intellectually, no depths you can go in your soul that God is not with you. No amount of learning can bring you closer to God or make you more or less precious to HIM. He is always right here, right now, for you and with you.”

What did we learn?

God is always with us no matter where we are. There is nothing that we can do to make Him love us more or less.

Final Note

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*Did you notice that even though He was exhausted Jesus still prayed and thanked His father for the day and thanked Him for bringing him rest and sleep?

What did we learn?

If Jesus prayed and spent time with His father alone many times a day, even after an exhausting day, how much more should we?

1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray unceasingly.

Matthew 6:6 – But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Blessings, Victoria

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