Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blended Gospels: The Arrival and Reception of Jesus in Galilee

Now after John was arrested, Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee. The Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

From that time Jesus began proclaiming the gospel of God, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." A report about him went out through all the surrounding country.

And he taught in their synagogues, saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." [And he was] being glorified by all.

[Blended Gospels, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:14b-14, Luke 4:14-15, John 4:45, ESV]

The Galileans were a people dwelling in darkness, and Jesus brought them a great light, The word in Greek for “proclaim,” or "preach" in some translations, in this text means "a herald’s proclamation from the king."

Jesus preached with certainty and authority. He was announcing~

1) The King’s law, "The time is fulfilled..."
2) The king’s command, "...repent and believe in the gospel..."
3) The king’s decision, "The kingdom of God is at hand."

This wasn’t His personal opinion. Jesus spoke with God’s voice: It’s time to believe in the gospel.

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