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Another Miracle in Cana

Royal Official Amazed at Miracle Healing
   (JOHN 4:46-54) It wasn't long ago when some people in Cana who were attending a wedding feast witnessed a miracle of water transformed into very good wine. Now some in that town have witnessed another miracle. The son of a royal official, who was on the brink of death, is now very much alive and well.
   It appears that this miraculous healing was performed by a man who goes by the name Jesus of Nazareth. And the Jewish ruling class has determined that this Jesus is the same man who overturned the tables of the money changers at the temple.
   "I know the Jewish leaders may not think highly of him because he caused some commotion at the temple," said the royal official whose son had been healed. "But my feelings towards this man are not like theirs. There is something different and sincere about him. He is not like the other Jews."
   When asked about the particulars of the miracle the official replied, "My son was on the verge of dying. I heard about this man, Jesus, and asked him to come to my house and heal my son. He stood right there, looked me in the eye, and said that my son would live. And I believed him. The next day a few of my servants came to meet me and said that the fever left my son at the exact hour Jesus said he would be healed. Call it what you want. I say it's a miracle. I hope some day I will see him again so I can thank him."
   It appears that everyone in the area is curious about this man Jesus of Nazareth. This is the second miracle that people have witnessed performed by this man. Has he performed others? Will he perform more? Who is this Jesus? After the temple tantrum event and now these miracles, it has been rumored that the Pharisees and scribes are taking offense at the new-kid-in-town miracle worker and that a plan of action is in the works.
(Official discussing his son's condition with Jesus)
Hometown Boy Not Welcome
   (LUKE 4:16-30) This Jesus of Nazareth may be a hero to some, but the people in his hometown of Nazareth tried to throw him off a cliff.
   The people of Nazareth report that this past Sabbath day Jesus read from the scroll in the synagogue. "He did fine," said one attendee. "We knew that he was Joseph's oldest son so we allowed him to read. And then, out of nowhere, he started lecturing us about some Gentiles that got healed. That's when we had to break bad."
   Witnesses say they drove Jesus out of Nazareth and took him to the brow of the hill attempting to throw him off.
   "We don't care who he is or what other people claim he has done," said a very distraught woman. "Salvation is for the Jew and only the Jew. We don't need one of our own telling us that God cares for Gentiles when we all know He doesn't!"
   Somehow Jesus escaped their plot to toss him over the cliff. Another miracle?
Zebedee Looking for Workers
   (MARK 1:16-20) Everyone is familiar with Zebedee's Fish Market down by the Sea of Galilee. Most believe they have the best deals in town. In a recent conversation with Zeb, he stated that he is looking for two capable workers to fill the positions of his two sons, Simon and Andrew, who dropped their nets and walked away.
   "This stranger walks by, starts talking with my sons, and they all leave together. Just like that. I have no idea who this guy was, or where they were going, or for how long," said Zebedee with a look of concern in his eyes.
   "Right now I miss them both. But I especially miss Simon. He was always so unpredictable. I never knew what was going to come out of that boy's mouth," Zeb added. "But I have a feeling that they both will return. Fishing is all they really know what to do."
   In the meantime Zeb has made it known that he is looking for two strong workers to fill the positions vacated by his sons.

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