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Je­sus po­larised pub­lic opin­ion. There are a cou­ple of episodes in Luke, Chap­ter 4. In the first, the Nazareth crowd get fu­ri­ous at him for his teach­ing and at­tempt to kill him. In the sec­ond, the Caper­naum crowd beg him to stay when he leaves to speak in other towns.

The sec­ond crowd had just wit­nessed some amaz­ing scenes. Peter’s mother-in-law had been healed of the kind of fever that rou­tinely killed peo­ple. Hav­ing heard of it, peo­ple from all over the re­gion brought the sick to Je­sus and he had healed them. His teach­ing on the King­dom of God was fas­ci­nat­ing even though (or per­haps, be­cause) even the clever­est strug­gled to fully un­der­stand it.

The Caper­naum crowd wanted Je­sus to stay be­cause he af­fected their real lives.

They also re­alised that he brought great power and au­thor­ity and were mes­merised by his abil­ity to heal.

Je­sus’ min­istrwy was ten­der and it was per­sonal. When they brought peo­ple to him, we are told he gen­tly touched each one. This was no blan­ket heal­ing, but rather it was in­tensely per­sonal.

But per­haps the great­est rea­son they wanted Je­sus to stay was that they quickly re­alised that Je­sus was con­nect­ing them like never be­fore with the Liv­ing God.

To­day, Je­sus con­tin­ues to po­larise pub­lic opin­ion. You owe it to your­self to find out about him.

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