The Story of Jesus

The Power That Heals

Leaving Phoenicia, Jesus and his twelve disciples passed through the country where Jesus had once healed a wild man called Legion. When Jesus healed him, the evil spirits entered a herd of hogs that was near by. The hogs ran down the mountainside, plunged into the sea, and were drowned. Because of this the people had begged Jesus to leave.

On this second visit things were different. The man who had been made well had returned to his home and told everyone about Jesus. Everywhere he told people that the power of Jesus had cured him. They listened with interest. Before they had been afraid of this man Legion, but now he was changed. The people were sorry they had sent Jesus away.

When Jesus returned, the people flocked to see and hear him. They followed him into the country. For three days they listened to his teachings. They brought to him their lame, blind, dumb, crippled, and sick. Jesus healed every one of them.

Among those that were brought for healing was a man who could not hear or talk. Jesus took the man aside from the crowd. Putting his fingers in the man's ears and touching his tongue, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Be opened!"

Immediately the man could hear and speak. He was so happy and thankful that he could not keep from telling what Jesus had done. Jesus asked him and the people who saw him not to tell about the healing. The people were so astonished that they said: "Jesus does all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak."

The evening of the third day Jesus called his disciples aside and reminded them, "I feel sorry for all these people. They have been with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. If I send them home now, they will faint by the way. Many live far away."

The disciples agreed, but they asked, "How can we feed such a crowd out here in the desert?"

"How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked.

And they told him, "Only seven, and a few small fish."

Jesus turned to the people and commanded them to sit down. When they had obeyed, he gave thanks for the loaves and fish.

Just as when he fed the five thousand from the boy's lunch, these few loaves and fish became enough food for every one. More than four thousand people were fed. Seven baskets of food were left over.

Now Jesus dismissed the crowd. They started home. Among them were the sick who had been made well. How glad the people were that Jesus had visited their country this second time!

In a boat Jesus and his disciples crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

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