25 Jesus works after sunset.

Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16–17; Mark 1:32–39; Luke 4:40–44

Why were so many sick people brought to Jesus after sunset (Mark 1:32)?

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What did Jesus do when he healed the sick (Luke 4:40)?

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What did Jesus say when he delivered the possessed (Matthew 8:16)?

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How did people’s attitude toward Jesus differ from those in Nazareth (Mark 1:33)?

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Why did Jesus’ identity seem to be public knowledge among evil spirits (Luke 1:34)?

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How much do you think Isaiah knew about the Messiah he prophesied about (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:17)?

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How much time might Jesus have spent with the people after the sun went down (Mark 1:32–35)?

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What might the scene have looked like when Jesus went to a secluded place to pray (Mark 1:35)?

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If the disciples didn’t know where Jesus had gone, how would they have found him (Mark 1:36)?

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Why were people looking for Jesus (Luke 4:42)?

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Which do you think was more important to Jesus, the message or the miracles (Mark 1:38)? Why?

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As Jesus preached in different synagogues, why would he be readily received (Mark 1:39)? Why would people have rejected him?

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After sunset, people brought to Jesus those who suffered from various diseases and some who were possessed with evil spirits. The whole town gathered outside the door.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:16 That evening, people brought many who were possessed by an evil spirit. With a few simple words, he commanded the evil spirits to leave and healed those who were sick.
Mark 1:32–33 After sunset, people brought all the sick and possessed. The whole town had gathered outside the door.
Luke 4:40 After sunset, people brought to Jesus those who suffered from various diseases. With a touch of his hand, he healed each one.
King James

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Mark 1:32–33 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the door.
Luke 4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

When he touched them and spoke a few simple words, he healed each one. As evil spirits came out of many people, they screamed, “You are the Son of God.” Because they knew he was the Messiah, he did not allow them to say more.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:16 That evening, people brought many who were possessed by an evil spirit. With a few simple words, he commanded the evil spirits to leave and healed those who were sick.
Mark 1:34 Jesus healed many who suffered from various diseases. Because the evil spirits knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak but commanded them to go.
Luke 4:40–41 After sunset, people brought to Jesus those who suffered from various diseases. With a touch of his hand, he healed each one. As evil spirits came out of many people, they screamed, “You are the Son of God.” Because they knew he was the Anointed One, he did not allow them to say more.
King James

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Mark 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
Luke 4:40–41 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

His actions fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah wrote long ago: Truly, he has taken our infirmities and carried our pain.

Eyewitness

Isaiah 53:4 Truly, he has taken our infirmities and carried our pain, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God.
Matthew 8:17 His actions fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah wrote long ago: Truly, he has taken our infirmities and carried our pain.
King James

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Before daylight the next morning, Jesus left for a secluded place, where he prayed. While crowds searched everywhere, Simon Peter and his companions went to find him. “Everyone is looking for you,” they said. When the people found him, they begged him not to leave.

Eyewitness

Mark 1:35–37 Before daylight the next morning, he left for a secluded place, where he prayed. Later, Simon Peter and his companions went to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
Luke 4:42 The next day, he left for a solitary place, but the people came looking for him and begged him not to leave.
King James

Mark 1:35–37 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
Luke 4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.

Jesus said, “I must also preach in other towns. That is why I came.”

Eyewitness

Mark 1:38 “I must also preach in the other towns,” Jesus said. “That is why I came.”
Luke 4:43 “I must preach the Kingdom of God in the other towns also,” Jesus said. “That is why I came.”
King James

Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
Luke 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.

So he continued to travel all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and delivering people from evil spirits.

Eyewitness

Mark 1:39 So he continued to travel all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and delivering people from evil spirits.
Luke 4:44 So he continued to preach in the synagogues of Galilee.
King James

Mark 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
Luke 4:44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.