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6. Jesus Ministers in Galilee

Jesus Arrives in Galilee 
(Matt 4:17 Mark 1:14-15 Luke 4:14-15 John 4:43-46)

After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 

So, after John was taken into custody, Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 

When he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast. From that time, Jesus began to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God, and to say, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Jesus Heals the Nobleman's Son 
(John 4:46-54)

There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe." 

The nobleman said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "Go your way. Your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying "Your child lives!" So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour, the fever left him." So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives." He believed, as did his whole house. This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.


Jesus is Rejected in Nazareth
(Luke 4:16-31)

He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." 

He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 

All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?" 

He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'" He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian." 

They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way. 

He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day


Jesus Comes to Live In Capernaum 
(Matt 4:13-16)

Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, 

"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness saw a great light, to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, to them light has dawned."


Jesus Calls Two Pairs of Brothers
(Matt 4:19-22 Mark 1:16-20 Luke 5:1-11)

Now it happened, while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net." When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 

But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord." For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. 

(Then) Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive. (Follow) me, and I will make you fishers for men." 

They immediately left their nets and followed him. Going on 
a little further from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother who were partners with Simon. They were in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them. and immediately when they had brought their boats to land, they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants. They all 
left everything, and followed him.


Jesus Heals a Demoniac on the Sabbath 
(Mark 1:21-28 Luke 4:31-37)

He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and immediately he entered into the synagogue and taught. He was teaching them on the Sabbath day, and they were astonished at his teaching. His word was with authority for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Ah! (Let us alone;) what have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!" 

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" 

When the demon had thrown him down in their midst, 
the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him, having done him no harm.

They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching? For with authority and power he commands even the unclean spirits, and they come out. They obey Him!" News about him 
went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.


Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-law 
(Matt 8:14-17 Mark 1:29-34 Luke 4:38-41)

Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a great fever, and immediately they told him about her, and they begged him for her.

And He came and stood over her. Taking her by the hand and rebuking the fever, He raised her up. Immediately the fever left her and she rose up and served them. 

When evening came, when the sun was setting, they brought to him all who were sick, and many who were possessed by demons. All the city was gathered together at the door. 

He cast out the spirits with a word, and he laid his hands on every one of them who were sick, and healed them.

Demons came out from many, crying out, and saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of God!" 

Rebuking them, he didn't allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 

All these things were done 
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."


Jesus Must Preach in Other Cities 
(Matt 4:23-25 Mark 1:35-39 Luke 4:42-44)

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted, uninhabited place, and prayed there. Simon and those who were with him followed after him; and they found him, and told him, "Everyone is looking for you." 

He said to them, "Let's go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason." 

The multitudes looked for him, and came to him, and held on to him, so that he wouldn't go away from them. But he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent." 

Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness and casting out demons 
among the people. The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them. Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.


Jesus Heals a Leper 
(Matt 8:2-4 Mark 1:40-45 Luke 5:12-16)

It happened, while he was in one of the cities, that a leper came to him. He was a man full of leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he kneeled down and fell on his face, and he begged and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." 

(And Jesus), being moved with compassion, stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 

Jesus strictly warned him to tell no one, saying: "See that you say nothing to anybody, but go your way. Show yourself to the priest and offer, for your cleansing, the gift, according to what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." Immediately He sent him out.

But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places. 
So, the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came to hear him from everywhere
, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.


Jesus Heals a Paralytic 
(Matt 9:1-8 Mark 2:1-12 Luke 5:17-26)

After some days, Jesus entered into a boat, and crossed over, and again came into Capernaum, his own city, and it was heard that he was in the house. Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them. As he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was with him to heal them. 

And behold, four people brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed, When they could not come near to him for the crowd, they removed the roof where he was. When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on.

Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you." 

But some of the scribes and the Pharisees who were sitting there, began to reason in their hearts, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? This man blasphemes. Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 

But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil and reason these things in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (then he said to the paralytic), I tell you, arise, Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house." 

Immediately he rose up before them, and took up the mat, and went out in front of them all, glorifying God. And he departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled. They were all amazed, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men saying, "We never saw anything like this!" 
They were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."


Jesus Calls Matthew (Levi) 
(Matt 9:9-13 Mark 2:13-17 Luke 5:27-32)

He went out again by the seaside. All the multitude came to him, and he taught them. As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew, Levi the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collection office. 

He said to him, "Follow me." 

(And) he left everything. He got up and followed him. 

Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. (And) it happened as Jesus sat at the table, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they followed him.

When the scribes and Pharisees saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they murmured to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat and drink 
with tax collectors and sinners?"

When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."


Jesus, Why Do Your Disciples Not Fast? 
(Matt 9:14-17 Mark 2:18-22 Luke 5:33-39)

John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Then John's disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast and pray often but your disciples don't fast?" (And) Jesus said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast and mourn while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can't fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast."

He also told a parable to them. "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would shrink and tear away from the old garment, and a worse hole is made. Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.
No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, 'The old is better.'"


Jesus Heals a Lame Man 
(John 5:1-47)

After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, "Bethesda," having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had. A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to be made well?" 

The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming, another steps down before me." 

Jesus said to him, "Arise, take up your mat, and walk." 

Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked. 

Now it was the Sabbath on that day. So the Jews said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat." 

He answered them, "He who made me well, the same said to me, 'Take up your mat, and walk.'" 

Then they asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your mat, and walk'?" 

But he who was healed didn't know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place. 

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you." 

The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath (day). But Jesus answered them, "My Father is still working, so I am working, too." For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus therefore answered them, "Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise. For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires. For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn't honor the Son doesn't honor the Father who sent him".

"Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn't come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God's voice; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. Don't marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don't seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me". 

"If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true. You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me. The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. You don't have his word living in you; because you don't believe him whom he sent." 

"You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life. I don't receive glory from men. But I know you, that you don't have God's love in yourselves. I have come in my Father's name, and you don't receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God? 

"Don't think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you don't believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"


Plucking Grain in the Fields
(Matt 12:1-8 Mark 2:23-28 Luke 6:1-5)

At that time, Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the grain fields. His disciples were hungry and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat, rubbing them in their hands. But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said to him, "Behold, why do your disciples do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?" 

But he said to them, "Haven't you read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him; how he entered into the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbath day, the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless?" He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even 
of the Sabbath."


Healing a Withered Hand 
(Matt 12:9-14 Mark 3:1-6 Luke 6:6-11)

(And when) he departed there, on another Sabbath, Jesus went into their synagogue and taught. And behold there was a man and his right hand was withered. 

They asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?" that they might accuse him. 

The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him. 

But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man who had the withered hand, 
"Stand up, and stand in the middle." He arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you something: Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?" 

But they were silent. 

He said to them, "What man is there among you, who has one sheep, and if this one falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, won't he grab on to it, and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath day." 

He looked around at them all with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts. He (then) said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole and healthy as the other. 

But the Pharisees were filled with rage, and talked with one another about what they might do to Jesus. They went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians 
against him, how they might destroy him.


Jesus Heals Great Multitude By The Sea 
(Matt 12:14-21 Mark 3:7-12)

When Jesus perceived that the Pharisees conspired against him to destroy him, he withdrew to the sea with his disciples. And a great multitude followed him from Galilee, from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumaea, beyond the Jordan, and those from around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him. He spoke to his disciples that a little boat should stay near him because of the crowd, so that they wouldn't press on him. For he had healed many, so that as many as had diseases pressed on him that they might touch him. and he healed them all. The unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, "You are the Son of God!" He sternly warned them that they should not make him known. that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit on him. He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not strive, nor shout; neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He won't break a bruised reed. He won't quench a smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory. In his name, the nations will hope."


Jesus Selects Twelve Apostles
(Matt 10:2-4 Mark 3:13-19 Luke 6:12-16 John 1:45-51 Acts 1:13)

It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles: that they might be with him, and that he might send them out to preach, and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: The first, Simon, whom he also named Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, the brother of James, and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, Sons of Thunder;  Philip and Bartholomew (or Nathanael); Matthew the tax collector; Thomas; James, the son of Alphaeus; Simon the (Cananite), who was called the Zealot;  Judas or Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus, the son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him and became a traitor.


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