Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been arrested and put in prison so he left Nazareth and went to Galilee to live in Capernaum. Capernaum is a city by a lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. Jesus’ move to Capernaum fulfils the prophesy of Isaiah which said: “Land of Zebulun and Naphtali, by the Sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee where the Gentiles lived, people living in darkness have seen a great light. On those who live in the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” From this time on, Jesus began to preach his message, “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.” What the story means to us today Jesus begins spreading his message of love, understanding, and repentance When John the Baptist’s ministry ended,
Immediately after his baptism, Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days, he was hungry. The devil said, “If you are the son of God, turn these stones into bread.” Jesus countered, “The Bible tells us, a person cannot live on bread alone but on the word that comes from the mouth of God.” The devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and they stood on the highest point of the temple. The Devil said, “If you are the son of God, throw yourself to the ground below for it is written ‘He will command his angels to protect you and they will lift you up in their hands so you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
As John the Baptist had foreseen, Jesus travelled from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. John tried to deter Jesus saying, “But, I should be baptized by you!” But Jesus insisted explaining, “It is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” As requested, John baptized Jesus. When Jesus rose from the water, the skies opened and the “Spirit of God” descended from the sky to Jesus. A voice from heaven proclaimed, “This is my Son, whom I love. With him I am well pleased.” What the story means to us today The importance of humility and its relationship to confidence The humility demonstrated by both John the Baptist and Jesus is a trait that Jesus will demonstrate time and time again throughout the
John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea, telling his audience, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has come near.” John was the one spoken of in the Old Testament through the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of a man calling in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for God, make a straight path for him.’” John wore clothes made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locust and honey. People from Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordan went to John where they confessed their sins and were baptized by him in the Jordan River. When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees arrive (popular religious groups at the time), he called them “vipers” and said, “Who told you that you could come
After the magi (wise men) visited Jesus, an angel told Joseph (via a dream) to take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt. The angel explained that Herod the Great was about to search for Jesus and kill him. The angel instructed Joseph to remain in Egypt until the angel told him it would be safe to leave. Joseph fled with his family during the night. By morning, they were well on their way to Egypt. When Herod realized the Magi were not going to return and reveal Jesus’ location to him, he was enraged. He ordered all boys aged two years old and younger in Bethlehem and the surrounding area be killed (he calculated the target age from the date the Magi had said they
After Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, Magi (wise men) from the East arrived in Jerusalem (five miles north of Bethlehem) asking King Herod where the baby “king of the Jews” was located. The Magi explained that they had seen a star and had come to worship the new king. The mention of a new "king of the Jews" alarmed King Herod who was the legal ruler of Judea at the time. Herod gathered his priests and experts in the Law of Moses (i.e. scribes) and asked them where the Messiah was to be born. Quoting prophesy that stated a great ruler of Israel would arrive out of Bethlehem, the advisers told Herod that he would have been born in the nearby city of Bethlehem. Herod asked the Magi at
The book of Matthew opens with a genealogy of Jesus and a note that there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to “exile in Babylon" (when Nebuchadnezzar took the southern tribe of Judah into captivity in Babylon), and fourteen generations from exile to the birth of Jesus. What the story means to us today Setting the stage for the story that follows The introduction in Matthew sets the stage for the story to follow and serves the purpose of identifying Jesus as a descendant of Abraham and David in order to demonstrate the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David. Linking Old Testament messianic prophecy to New Testament fullfillment The Bible in context - an old society with a different view Genealogy was important to
The Gospel According to Matthew is believed to have been written between 70 and 110 AD, likely around 80 AD. It contains most of what is found in Mark plus additional material. Written in an abbreviated, succinct style, it has been the most popular of the three synoptic gospels for many centuries and near universally appears as the first book in the New Testament. It has been accepted as canonical (genuine and true) by the church since its earliest days. In summary, the Gospel of Matthew describes the birth and early youth of Jesus, the activity of Jesus in Galilee, and the activity of Jesus in Judaea followed by his death and resurrection. The Birth and Early Years of Jesus (chs. 1–2)