“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ’The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”
Then Jesus performs His second miracle when He heals a nobleman’s dying son, “And he himself believed, and his whole household.” 🙌
Afterwards, Jesus travels to Nazareth where He was raised. There He reads in the synagogue from the Book of Isaiah where Isaiah prophesied of His arrival as the One to preach to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, free the captives and oppressed, and give sight to the blind (Isaiah 61:1-2).
The people in His own home church do not believe that Jesus, the son of Joseph, is God. Therefore Jesus says, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.” Jesus then gives them examples from the past of God’s chosen people ignoring His prophets so the prophets went to minister to Gentiles; Elijah and the widow (1 Kings 17) & Elisha and Naaman (2 Kings 5). “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.” So after being rejected by His own home church, Jesus goes and teaches elsewhere to those who will accept Him. And anyone who encounters Jesus and believes He is the Son of God is welcome into the Kingdom of God.
As Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee, He calls 4 fisherman, the brothers Peter (Simon) and Andrew & the brothers James and John, to follow Him. They go to Capernaum where Jesus immediately begins preaching in the synagogue. “And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Jesus not only teaches but He also cast an evil spirit from a man and the people are amazed by His power and authority. “And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.”
After Jesus heals Peter’s sick mother-n-law and all the other sick or demon possessed in the town, He finds a quiet spot to pray. When the crowds find Him, they try to get Him to stay but Jesus says, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities, also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Jesus’s ministry expands further tomorrow so keep reading.
(Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 4:12-17, John 4:46-54, Luke 4:16-30, Mark 1:16-20, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Mark 1:29-34, Matthew 8:14-17, Luke 4:38-31, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 4:23-25)