Why Did Jesus Spend So A lot Time in Galilee? (Mark 1:14)

The baptism of Jesus marked the start of his public ministry. After spending 30 years in Nazareth, he goes to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptizer (Mark 1:9). Instantly after his baptism, Jesus spends 40 days within the wilderness, fasting and resisting the temptations of Devil.

When John the Baptizer is put in jail, Jesus heads again to Galilee and begins to evangelise the gospel (“the excellent news”) of the dominion (Mark 1:14). His message is easy and is summarized as, “Repent and imagine the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

I am intrigued by the truth that Jesus went again to Galilee to begin his preaching ministry. Why not keep within the southern a part of Israel? Why not spend his time the place the general public have been – in Jerusalem, the political and spiritual capital of Israel.

There are not less than three causes that Jesus returned to Galilee.

1. To meet prophecy.
Matthew, the transformed tax collector, makes good use of the various Previous Testomony predictions concerning the Messiah. He factors out that when Jesus got here again to Galilee, he first went to Nazareth, his hometown. However apparently he does not keep in Nazareth for lengthy: “Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake (the Sea of Galilee) within the space of Zebulun and Naphtali” (Matthew 4:13)”. And why does Jesus go to Capernaum? Reply: “to satisfy what was stated by means of the prophet Isaiah” (Matthew 4:14). Then Matthew quotes Isaiah 9:1-2, which says that in the future God will honor the area of Galilee with the presence of the Messiah, an space that was regarded upon with disgust by Jews within the south due to the inflow of Gentiles who lived there.

It is going to be in “Galilee of the Gentiles” that “the folks residing in darkness have seen an incredible mild; on these residing within the land of the shadow of dying, a light-weight has dawned” (Matthew 4:16). Jesus declared that he was “the sunshine of the world” (John 8:12). And a few 700 years earlier than his arrival, Isaiah predicted that Jesus the Messiah would shine his mild in Galilee.

2. To search out his disciples.
A second purpose for establishing his ministry in Galilee is as a result of Jesus had a plan to coach a small group of disciples to hold on his work after his dying. He knew that he was on a divine schedule – three years of public ministry adopted by his dying, resurrection and ascension. When you concentrate on it, that is actually not a lot time, humanly talking. And he knew that it could be vital to spend as a lot time as potential throughout these three brief years with males that he personally educated to proceed what he began.

And the place would he discover the very best candidates for such a undertaking? In Capernaum, for that is the place 4 fishermen lived in labored. Peter and Andrew, James and John – two units of brothers who spent their days fishing collectively on the Sea of Galilee – these widespread laborers have been to change into the inside circle of the lads Christ selected to be his apostles.

Jesus had already hung out with not less than three of those 4 fishermen close to the Jordan River. These males have been disciples of John the Baptizer and Jesus’ forerunner had launched them to Jesus. The e book of John the Apostle tells us about this encounter (see John 1:35-42).

So I feel Jesus got here to Capernaum to search out these 4 fishermen and name them into full-time ministry, which he does in Mark 1:16-20.

3. To emphasise the common aim of the gospel.
Sure, Jesus was the Messiah, the King of the Jews. However he was additionally King of kings and Lord of lords. He got here not solely to avoid wasting his folks Israel, however all peoples. He’s calling males, girls and youngsters from each nation to comply with him. The gospel is for everybody, Jew and Gentile alike. And spending time in “Galilee of the Gentiles” reveals us the common objective of Jesus’ mission to hunt and save the misplaced of each tongue.

All through the gospel accounts we see Jesus interacting with all sorts of folks – wealthy and poor, educated and uneducated, the righteous and the unrighteous. He got here to supply salvation to all by giving his life on the cross “as a ransom for a lot of” (Mark 10:45). After the resurrection, his parting phrases to the disciples have been to hold on this mission by preaching the excellent news “to all creation” (Mark 16:15) and by making disciples of “all nations” (Matthew 28:19). And so we’re to proceed doing what Jesus demonstrated so clearly in Galilee – like our Grasp, we’re to share the gospel with all peoples, Jew and Gentile alike.


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