14. Kingdom Come
Starting a Journey with Jesus, Day 14 (Matthew: 4:23-25)
Today we cover a lot of ground. Put your walking shoes on, we are going to follow Jesus all over the hilly region of Galilee. There are only two cities here (Sepphoris near Nazareth and Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee) and many small villages. Most of the people are farmers and fishermen living under Roman rule that is exercised through the Herodian family.
He went across all of Galilee teaching in the synagogues and preaching the good news of God’s kingdom and healing all the sickness and disease of the people. The report about what he was doing went beyond Galilee into all of Syria. People brought to him anybody who was ill with an ailment or problem, those suffering great pain, the demon-oppressed, epileptics and paralyzed, and he healed them all. Great crowds came to him from Galilee, from the “Ten Cities” across the lake, others from Jerusalem and Judea, and others from across the Jordan. (Matthew 4:23-25)