Today’s Text: Matthew 4:12-25, Luke 4:14-30, Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:21 – 2:12
Highlights: This is the beginning of what we call the Great Galilean Ministry of Jesus. In fact, the reading begins with a prophecy from Isaiah 9, which speaks of a great light shining in Galilee where there had been darkness. Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him. He is teaching and performing many miracles and great multitudes are following Him. One miracle, a miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5) served as a lesson to the former fishermen that they would become fishers of men.
For the most part this was a time of great popularity for Jesus. But at Nazareth (Luke 4), his home town, he was not received by everyone so well. In fact, it sounds as though they wanted to kill Him! What are some of the reasons why Jesus was rejected at Nazareth?