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The early healings were greeted with amazement. Luke 4:33-36 tells the story of Jesus driving the evil spirit out of the man in the synagogue of Capernaum. Those who observed the healing "were amazed and said to each other, 'What is this teaching?'" After Jesus healed the man who had leprosy, the word of his power spread and more people came in hopes of being healed. "Crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses." (Luke 5:15)
As the news of the healings grew, the Jewish establishment began to sense that these events could be a threat to their position and the status quo with the Roman occupation authorities. When Jesus healed the paralyzed man who was lowered into the house, the doubts and resistance began to take shape.
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, 'Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?' (Luke 5:21)
The pattern was set. Many believed and rejoiced in the healing power of Jesus's miracles. Others felt threatened or offended by His actions and soon began looking for ways to neutralize or eliminate Jesus and his actions.
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