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Jan 31, 2021

The Great Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry

The Great Beginning of Jesus' Public Ministry

Passage: Matthew 4:12-25

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

After John the Baptist’s arrest, Jesus withdraws from Nazareth and travels north to Capernaum. This all took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned (v. 16). The true light that shines in this dark world and defeats death is Jesus Christ and those who follow him will never be in darkness (Jn. 8:12). His message of light begins with these words repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (v. 17). It is here that the King begins to offer the kingdom to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 10: 6 -7). However, Jesus will not offer it alone. He initially calls four men who leave everything behind to follow him, so that they can be fishers of men (v. 19). The principle for us is that Jesus calls us from the comforts of our own lives to follow him. To prove he is Israel’s Messiah and demonstrate his deity, Jesus begins to heal the afflicted and cast out demons. This draws great crowds to Christ from all the regions around him, so that the message of salvation can be proclaimed.