Jesus gave power to perform miracles to his disciples. This week you will read of the death of John the Baptist, who was beheaded because Herod made a foolish vow.
Jesus taught with sermons and parables. He also taught in conversation. On Thursday you will read a heated conversation he had with religious leaders concerning his identity.
Monday - 12 sent out to preach to the Jews
Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-13, Matthew 9:35-11:1
Tuesday - Death of John the Baptist
Matthew 14:1-12, Mark 6:14-29
Wednesday - Jesus feeds 5000 and walks on the water
John 6:1-21, Matthew 14:22-36
Thursday - Bread of Life discourse
Friday - Traditions of men rebuked. A Gentile woman's faith.
Eyewitness: Simon Peter
Peter is the most famous apostle. He and his brother Andrew were fishermen. They worked with James and John. Jesus gave him the name Peter which meant "stone" or "rock". Peter lived in Capernaum, a town by the Sea of Galilee, with his wife. (Matthew 8:14-17)
One of the closest friends of Jesus, Peter was included with James and John in witnessing several important events in Christ's life. These three were with Jesus when he raised a little girl, when he was transfigured, and when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Peter was bold, and at times impulsive. He had great faith. Peter was the first disciple to confess that Jesus as Christ. He briefly walked on water. He drew a sword when Jesus was arrested, and later followed to watch the trials.
After the resurrection Peter preached the first gospel sermons to the Jews and to the Gentiles (Acts 2 and Acts 10). He wrote the books of 1st-2nd Peter. He may have influenced Mark's gospel, as they were close. (1st Peter 5:13)
Did you know?
Aramaic is a language that was spoken in Old and New Testament times. It may have originated in Persia. Jews used Aramaic after the exile. Jesus and his disciples spoke in Aramaic. The phrase Talitha qumi meant "maiden arise," Ephphatha meant "be opened," and Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani meant "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me."