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"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Third Sunday after Epiphany
Jesus Begins His Galilean Ministry
Mat 4:12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee.
Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
Mat 4:18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
Jesus Heals a Great Multitude
Mat 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
[Mat 4:12] (vv. 12-25) This passage introduces the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in Galilee. The Galilean ministry is seen as a fulfillment of Isa. 9:1, 2. It is a ministry characterized by preaching, teaching, and healing (see chart, "The Miracles of Jesus Christ," Matt. 8:1). A summary of this ministry (vv. 23-25) is described by Matthew in subsequent chapters as the proclamation of the new era both by words and deeds (chs. 5-8) of Jesus. The ministry is life-giving (vv. 13-16), preparatory (v. 17), personal (vv. 18-22), instructive (v. 23), and successful (vv. 24, 25).
[Mat 4:13] Capernaum, a flourishing town by the Sea of Galilee and a city of many Greeks, becomes the base of operation for Jesus' Galilean ministry. From John's Gospel we learn that the Jewish Messiah is rejected in Jerusalem -- the center of Judaism. He flees Judea because of the aroused jealousy of the Pharisees, turns from Nazareth, and finally comes to Capernaum, where He calls Andrew and Simon Peter (v. 18) and James and John (Matt. 4:21), the first four of His disciples (cf. Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13-16).
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