The 153 as mentioned in the Great Catch of John 21 Who received a Direct Blessing from Jesus…

by Hubert Luns
• With substantial changes, the first concept taken from the Internet.

Quite a new thought has recently emerged, which states that amongst the multitudes who have received at least one blessing from Jesus during his mission – as from conception until his ascent to heaven – there are recorded 153 individuals! That fits with the last catch of fish of the apostles when exactly 153 fishes were caught. Included are persons who request a healing for someone else, as in the case of Jairus (no. 8). If any name appears to be missing, it will be found on examination that there is good reason for it: for instance, the apostle Nathanael is the same as Bartholomew. A controversial subject is whether the woman from Luke 7:37, Mattheuw 26:7, Luke 10:39 and John 11:1 is the same as mentioned in Luke 8:2, where she is called Maria Magdalen. I follow an old and established tradition that agrees with a number of visions of several visionaries, pointing to the fact that in all cases it is the same woman. Though the three Magi, Matthias and Barsabas (Acts 1:23), Barnabas (Acts 4:36) as well as Stephen, with many others, without any doubt received blessing from Jesus Himself, yet it is not so mentioned; in other cases, like in Matthew 8:16, there is no mention of the number of people involved, and therefore those cases are ignored. A principle of being blessed is always the acceptance of a particular blessing, and therefore the man of Luke 9:59 is not included, because it is not clear whether he followed the invitation of Jesus to follow Him. Maria Valtorta tells that indeed he followed Jesus, but only after Jesus gave some more convincing arguments. That does not follow from the biblical account. Judas, on the other hand, is included because he followed Jesus and it was only later that he became disloyal. The following is the list of countable cases mentioned in the Bible where Jesus gave a direct blessing: in total 50 cases with 153 individual blessings. The number in between brackets is the number of persons blessed on that occasion. The number 50 relates to Pentecost, when fifty days after the resurrection the pouring forth of the Holy Spirit occurred, which from then on would become the driving force for the ‘great restoration’, let’s say the healing of humanity. The Jubilee year is described as follows (Lev. 25:10): “You shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a Jubilee unto you; and you shall return every man unto his possession, and you shall return every man unto his family.”
01. (2x) 02. (1x) 03. (1x) 04. (2x) 05. (1x) 06. (1x) 07. (5x) 08. (2x) 09. (1x) 10. (2x) 11. (1x) 12. (12x) Elisabeth and John the Baptist (in the womb) – Luke 1:41 Simeon, in the Temple – Luke 2:28 The leper – Matthew 8:2 Centurion and servant – Matthew 8:5 Peter’s mother in law – Matthew 8:14 A new disciple – Matthew 8:21 Palsied man and his four bearers – Matthew 9:2, Mark 2:3 Jairus and his daughter, who had died – Matthew 9:18 Woman with issue of blood – Matthew 9:21 Blind men – Matthew 9:27 Dumb and possessed man – Matthew 9:32 Twelve Apostles – Matthew 10:2

13. (1x) 14. (1x) 15. (2x) 16. (2x) 17. (2x) 18. (1x) 19. (1x) 20. (1x) 21. (1x) 22. (2x) 23. (1x) 24. (1x) 25. (1x) 26. (1x) 27. (70x) 28. (1x) 29. (1x) 30. (1x) 31. (10x) 32. (1x) 33. (1x) 34. (1x) 35. (1x) 36. (2x) 37. (1x) 38. (1x) 39. (1x) 40. (1x) 41. (1x) 42. (1x) 43. (1x) 44. (1x) 45. (1x) 46. (1x) 47. (1x) 48. (1x) 49. (1x) 50. (2x)

Man with withered hand – Matthew 12:10 The blind, dumb and possessed man – Matthew 12:22 Syrophoenician woman and her daughter – Matthew 15:28 Lunatic child and father – Matthew 17:18 Blind men (Jesus leaving Jericho)* – Matthew 20:30 Simon the leper – Matthew 26:6 Man with unclean spirit – Mark 1:23 Man, deaf and with impediment in speech – Mark 7:32 Blind man of Betsaida – Mark 8:22 Son of the widow of Nain – Luke 7:12 Mary Magdalene – Luke 8:2 Joanna – Luke 8:3 Susanna – Luke 8:3 The man possessed by a legion of demons – Luke 8:35 The seventy disciples – Luke 10:1 Martha, the sister of Mary Magdalene – Luke 10:38 Woman with infirmity – Luke 13:11 Man with dropsy – Luke 14:2 The ten lepers – Luke 17:12-14 The blind man (Jesus approaching Jericho)** – Luke 18:35 Man born blind – John 9:7 Nicodemus – John 3:1-21, 19:39 Woman of Samaria – John 4:7 Nobleman and sick son – John 4:46 Impotent man at the Pool of Bethesda – John 5:5-9 Woman taken in adultery – John 8:11 Zaccheus – Luke 19:5 Lazarus – John 11:43 Claudia Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate – Matthew 27:19 Malchus – Luke 22:51, John 18:10 Simon of Cyrene – Matthew 27:32 Penitent murderer on the cross – Luke 23:43 Mary, the Mother of Jesus – John 19:25 Centurion – Matthew 27:54 Salome, the mother of Zebedee’s children – Matthew 27:56 Mary, the mother of James and wife of Cleopas – Matthew 27:56 Joseph of Arimathaea – Matthew 27:57 The disciples at Emmaus – Luke 24:13

----* Bartimeus, son of Timeus, is mentioned in Mark 10:46 and belongs to the two being healed as Jesus left Jericho. ** The blind man of no. 32 was healed “as He was come nigh unto Jericho” (Luke 18:35), and therefore is additional to the two who were healed as Jesus left Jericho (no. 17). See Matthew 20:30 and Mark 10:46.

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