1 Jun 2015 The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned

A Light Has Dawned

After Jesus was tested by Satan in the wilderness, he went to back to his childhood home of Nazareth, a city in Galilee.  Assumedly, he must have visited his mother, Mary, his father, Joseph, his half-brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas as well as his unnamed half-sisters (Matthew 13:55-56). In years past Galilee had belonged to the Jews – the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali – but because they did not keep God’s laws he gave them over to Roman rule and it was now home to many Gentiles. It was situated alongside one of two of the most important highway trading routes from Egypt to Mesopotamia (Iraq, Syria and Turkey), a coastal route called the Way of the Sea. It was here that Jesus heard that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been put into prison.  He then left Nazareth and went to Capernaum, which fulfilled a prophecy given to Isaiah:

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).

From that time on Jesus began his ministry to the Jews and Gentiles, preaching throughout the lands,“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
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