Winter-Spring 31 AD

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

In early A.D. 31, Jesus moved on to Nazareth. Jesus had been brought up in Nazareth, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and taught. He read the prophecy of Isaiah in Isaiah 61:1-2 and told them He was the fulfillment of this prophecy (Luke 4:16-21). Jesus said the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him, because He had come to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. The people of Nazareth rejected Him and wanted to kill Him. They rose up to throw Him out of the city, but Jesus passed through the midst of them and went His way (Luke 4:29-30). As Jesus went on His second and third Galilean tours, He fulfilled all that was mentioned by Isaiah.

The Miracle of the Fish and the Calling of Four Disciples

Near His new home in Capernaum, Jesus found Peter, Andrew, James and John, who had spent the night fishing, without catching anything. Jesus talked with them and told them where they should go to try again, and then provided them with a great multitude of fish, a miracle. Jesus asked them to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men (Matthew 4:18-21; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11).

The Demoniac Healed at Capernaum

Jesus and the four disciples now went to Capernaum and taught on the Sabbath days (Luke 4:29:31; Matthew 4:13). At the synagogue, there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean devil, also known asa demon, or fallen angel.These entities are able to enter, and control, human beings, using their voices and controlling their body actions. The demon recognized Jesus as the Holy One of God. Jesus rebuked him, and told him to come out of the man, and the demon came out. This amazed the people, because here was a teacher that taught with authority, and even had power over demon spirits (Luke 4:32-36; Mark 1:21-28).

Healing of Peter's Mother-in-law

When Jesus left the synagogue, He went to Peter's house, where Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus touched her and her fever left, so she felt well enough that she was able to get up and serve them (Luke 4:38-39; Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31). That evening, they brought to Him all those that were diseased and possessed with devils, and He healed many and cast out many demons, who came out affirming that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1:32-34; Matthew 8:16-17; Luke 4:40-41).

The Second Galilean Tour with His Four Disciples

The next day, Jesus and his four disciples went out to a solitary place and prayed. Jesus said that He had come to preach in the next towns, so He preached in the synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. This was His second Galilean tour and multitudes began to follow Him (Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44).

Healing of the Leper

Then, in a certain city, a leper came to Jesus, asking Him to make him clean. Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, and spoke to him, saying "Be clean". (Mark 1:40-41; Luke 5:12-13; Matthew 8:2-3). The leper was immediately cleansed, and Jesus told him to tell no one, but go show himself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded (Leviticus 14:1-7), for a testimony to them (Mark 1:44-44; Matthew 8:4; Luke 5:14). This was to be a testimony to the religious leaders of Israel, that Jesus was the Messiah. However, instead of following the instructions of Jesus, the leper went about telling everyone, and many came seeking Jesus to be healed (Luke 5:15; Mark 1:45). Now, Jesus could not enter openly into the city, but had to withdraw to a desert place. So the leper's disobedience hindered the work of the Lord, as does our disobedience today.

The Palsied Man Let Down Through the Roof

Jesus now went to Capernaum, and word got around that He was in a house visiting. Many went there and gathered together, so that there was no room for all of them. They included Pharisees and doctors of the law, from every village of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. Jesus preached the word to them all (Matthew 9:1; Luke 5:17; Mark 2:1-2).

There came one man who was sick of palsy, and his friends could not get him to Jesus, because of the crowd (Palsy is a medical term which refers to various types of paralysis, often accompanied by loss of feeling, and often uncontrolled body movements). They opened the tiles of the roof, and let him down into the midst before Jesus. Because of their faith, Jesus said to the man with palsy, "Thy sins be forgiven thee." (Mark 2:3-5; Luke 5:18-20; Matthew 9:2).

The Scribes and the Pharisees thought to themselves that only God can forgive sins, which means this man Jesus is blaspheming, claiming to be God. Jesus, knowing even the thoughts of the men, questioned them, asking them why they were thinking evil thoughts, even in their hearts? He also asked them whether it would be easier to say that your sins are forgiven, or to tell the man to get up and walk? Then, so they would know that Jesus, the Son of God, has the power to forgive sins, He told the man who had the palsy to get up, take his bed, and go home. The issue here was, is Jesus God? The answer is clearly yes. He healed the palsied man by speaking the words, and forgiving his sins. Only God can do this (Matthew 9:3-8; Luke 5:21-24; Mark 2:6-11).

The Call of Matthew and His Feast

Jesus now left the house where the man was let down through the roof. As He was going, He saw Matthew sitting at the place where Romans collected taxes from the Jews. Jesus said to Matthew, "Follow Me." Matthew immediately followed Jesus, but he was concerned about his friends who were not believers. He then made a feast and invited his friends, publicans and sinners so they could meet Jesus (Matthew 9:9-17; Luke 5:27-29; Mark 2:13-22).


Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:13

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