Notes: July 31, 2009

The early days of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee

His first public miracle was at the wedding in Cana (John 2); and from there he went to Jerusalem. After some time in Judea, Jesus again departed from the center of Judaism and returned to the northern section of the country.

The gospel

Mark 1:14-15

Matthew 4:17

Luke 4:14-15

1. Jesus preached. Is this nothing more than standing on a corner and gathering a crowd?

2. His preaching was powerful. What was the source of his power?

3. He taught in the synagogues. What was the effect?

4. This is the essence of what he preached:

  • the time is fulfilled (what time? was there a time period that the populace would have been expecting?)
  • the kingdom of God is at hand (the  launch date has been set)
  • repent (why would repentance be necessary to receive an earthly kingdom and king?)
  • believe the gospel (could this have been the same gospel found in 1 Corinthians 15?)

Healing the Nobleman’s Son

John 4:46-54

  • Nicodemus (John 3:1,2) and others had seen the miracles of Jesus in Jerusalem. Word of those miracles spread quickly throughout the land. If you need a miracle in your life or another’s, go to Jesus as the father from Capernaum did.
  • The father searched for Jesus and appealed for the life of his dying son at home (v. 47).
  • Did Jesus see weakness in the father’s faith (v. 48)? Remember verse 53.
  • Jesus was the father’s only hope (v. 49).
  • True power is not limited by space or time (v. 50).
  • The boy regained his strength in the same hour (v. 52).
  • What a testimony the father had upon returning home. Is it any wonder that he and his family believed (v. 53)?
  • This is the second Galilean miracle (v. 54).