Love Leads Us Home {following Christ to Calvary}: Day 2, Scripture-Reading

I am so glad that you are joining in as we trace the journey of Jesus through the Gospels…today we will see the beginning of His ministry to the people of Galilee.  (If you missed the beginning of this series, please check out the first two posts: Love Leads Us Home and In These Days of Dry Bones (Nicodemus’ Story, Part 1).)

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Then He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee {which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulon and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”-Matt.4:13-16} and on the Sabbath He taught the people. They were amazed at His teaching, because His words had authority.

In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!”

“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power He gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!”

And the news about Him spread throughout the surrounding area. –Luke 4:31-37

…And from that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” –Matt.4:17

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One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (that is, the Sea of Galilee), the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”  So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. –Luke 5:1-11

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Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.  Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. –Matthew 4:23-25

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PS….Happy news! Frank Viola and Mary Demuth, two authors whose words have inspired me many times, teamed up to write a book called The Day I Met Jesus, which tells the stories of five women whose lives were changed because they encountered the Savior. The authors use Biblical narrative, based on the Gospel accounts, to bring the stories to life and then draw out  practical insights to help us in our own lives today. The book releases this week, but I was able to read it a little early…since it encouraged my heart and is such a timely topic with this month’s journey through the Gospels here on the blog, I thought it would be a wonderful thing to give away a free copy of this book to one of you, friends. Please leave a comment on this post and check back in on Friday to find out who will receive this great book as an addition to their library (you can take a look at http://www.TheDayIMetJesus.com for more information about the book). Anyone who comments between now and midnight on Thursday will be included in the drawing!}

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4 thoughts on “Love Leads Us Home {following Christ to Calvary}: Day 2, Scripture-Reading

  1. Jesus healed them all! Studying and praying for wisdom about healing. Not one time did Jesus ever tell anyone He would not heal them when He walked this earth. So I am seeking His will for healing now. Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever!!!

    1. Neil and I have had so many conversations about this very thing over the past months…I’ve noted that the only time Jesus did not perform many miracles was when there was a lack of faith…definitely something I am also praying for wisdom and understanding in…because you said it exactly right – He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!!!!

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