145:3.1 By the time Jesus and his
apostles had made ready to partake of their evening meal near the end of this eventful Sabbath day, all
Capernaum and its environs were agog over these reputed miracles of healing; and all who were sick or afflicted began preparations to go to Jesus or to have themselves carried there by their friends just as soon as the sun went down. According to
Jewish teaching it was not permissible even to go in quest of health during the sacred hours of the Sabbath.
145:3.2 Therefore, as soon as the sun sank beneath the horizon, scores of afflicted men, women, and children began to make their way toward the
Zebedee home in
Bethsaida. One man started out with his paralyzed daughter just as soon as the sun sank behind his neighbor's house.
145:3.3 The whole day's events had set the stage for this extraordinary sundown scene. Even the text Jesus had used for his afternoon sermon had
intimated that sickness should be banished; and he had spoken with such unprecedented power and authority! His message was so compelling! While he
made no appeal to human authority, he did speak directly to the
souls of men. Though he did not resort to logic, legal quibbles, or clever sayings, he did
make a powerful, direct, clear, and personal appeal to the hearts of his hearers.
145:3.4 That Sabbath was a great day in the earth life of Jesus, yes, in the life of a universe. To all local universe intents and purposes the
little Jewish city of Capernaum was the real capital of Nebadon. The handful of Jews in the Capernaum
synagogue were not the only beings to hear that momentous closing statement of Jesus' sermon: "Hate is the shadow of fear; revenge the mask of cowardice." Neither could his hearers forget his blessed words, declaring, "Man is the son of God, not a child of
145:3.5 Soon after the setting of the sun, as Jesus and the apostles still lingered
about the supper table, Peter's wife heard voices in the front yard and, on going to the door, saw a large company of sick folks assembling, and that
the road from Capernaum was crowded by those who were on their way to seek healing at Jesus' hands. On seeing this sight, she went at once and
informed her husband, who told Jesus.
145:3.6 When the Master stepped out of the front entrance of Zebedee's house, his eyes met an array of stricken and afflicted humanity. He gazed
upon almost one thousand sick and ailing human beings; at least that was the number of persons gathered together before him. Not all present were
afflicted; some had come assisting their loved ones in this effort to secure healing.
145:3.7 The sight of these afflicted mortals, men, women, and children, suffering in large measure as a result of the mistakes and misdeeds of his
own trusted Sons of universe administration, peculiarly touched the human heart of Jesus and challenged the divine mercy of this benevolent Creator
Son. But Jesus well knew he could never build an enduring spiritual movement upon the foundation of purely material wonders. It had been his
consistent policy to refrain from exhibiting his creator prerogatives. Not since
Cana had the supernatural or miraculous attended his teaching; still, this afflicted multitude touched his sympathetic heart and mightily appealed to his understanding
145:3.8 A voice from the front yard exclaimed: "Master, speak the word, restore our health, heal our diseases, and save our
souls." No sooner had these words been uttered than a vast retinue of seraphim, physical
Life Carriers, and midwayers, such as always attended this incarnated Creator of a universe, made themselves ready to act with creative power should their Sovereign give the signal. This was one of those moments in the earth career of Jesus in which divine wisdom and human compassion were so interlocked in the judgment of the Son of Man that he sought refuge in appeal to his Father's will.
145:3.9 When Peter implored the Master to heed their cry for help, Jesus, looking down upon the afflicted throng, answered: "I have come into the world to reveal the Father and establish his kingdom. For this purpose have I lived my life to this hour. If,
therefore, it should be the will of Him who sent me and not inconsistent with my dedication to the proclamation of the
gospel of the
kingdom of heaven, I would desire to see my children made whole-and-" but the further words of Jesus were lost in the tumult.
145:3.10 Jesus had passed the responsibility of this healing decision to the ruling of his Father. Evidently the Father's will interposed no
objection, for the words of the Master had scarcely been uttered when the assembly of celestial personalities serving under the command of Jesus'
Personalized Thought Adjuster was mightily astir. The vast retinue descended into the midst of this motley throng of afflicted mortals, and in a
moment of time 683 men, women, and children were made whole, were perfectly healed of all their physical diseases and other material disorders. Such a scene was never witnessed on earth before that day, nor since. And for those of us who were present to behold this creative wave of healing, it was
indeed a thrilling spectacle.
145:3.11 But of all the beings who were astonished at this sudden and unexpected outbreak of supernatural healing, Jesus was the most surprised. In a moment when his human interests and sympathies were focused upon the scene of suffering and
affliction there spread out before him, he neglected to bear in his human mind the admonitory warnings of his Personalized Adjuster regarding the impossibility of limiting the time element of the creator prerogatives of a Creator Son under certain conditions and in certain circumstances. Jesus desired to see these suffering mortals made whole if his Father's will would not thereby be violated. The Personalized Adjuster of Jesus instantly ruled that such an act of creative
energy at that time would not transgress the will of the Paradise Father, and by such a decision-in view of Jesus' preceding _expression of healing desire-the creative act was. What a Creator Son desires and his Father wills IS. Not in all of Jesus' subsequent earth life did another such en masse physical healing of mortals take place.
145:3.12 As might have been expected, the fame of this sundown healing at
Bethsaida in Capernaum spread throughout all
Judea and to the regions beyond. Once more were the fears of Herod aroused, and he sent watchers to report on the work and teachings of Jesus and to ascertain if he was the former carpenter of
Nazareth or John the Baptist risen from the dead.
145:3.13 Chiefly because of this unintended demonstration of physical healing, henceforth, throughout the remainder of his earth career, Jesus
became as much a physician as a preacher. True, he continued his teaching, but his personal work consisted mostly in ministering to the sick and the
distressed, while his apostles did the work of public preaching and baptizing believers.
145:3.14 But the majority of those who were recipients of supernatural or creative physical healing at this sundown demonstration of divine energy
were not permanently spiritually benefited by this extraordinary manifestation of mercy. A small number were truly edified by this physical ministry,
but the spiritual kingdom was not advanced in the hearts of men by this amazing eruption of timeless creative healing.
145:3.15 The healing wonders which every now and then attended Jesus' mission on earth were not a part of his plan of proclaiming the kingdom. They were incidentally inherent in having on earth a divine being of well-nigh unlimited creator prerogatives in association with an unprecedented
combination of divine mercy and human sympathy. But such so-called miracles gave Jesus much trouble in that they provided prejudice-raising publicity
and afforded much unsought notoriety.
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