FOLLOWING THE CROWD
by Pastor Mike Fortune
August 1, 2015
1. Jesus still attracts a crowd (Luke 6:17; Psalm 107:17-20; Matthew 14:14; John 12:32) Ocean City Pics
2. Crowds need Jesus' healing (Luke 6:18; Psalm 41:3; Mark 6:56; Psalm 147:3; Hosea 14:4)
3. Follow the crowd (Luke 6:19; 1 Peter 2:9; John 12:29) Akande Jarumi Pic
When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.
17 Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. 18 They couldn't stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death's door. 19 "LORD, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.
14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
32 And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed.
3 The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.
56 Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
4 The LORD says, "Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.
Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.
1 Peter 2:9
9 You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
29 When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him.