Jesus Announces His Ministry at Nazareth

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Jesus preaches in a Synagogue - by REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn


Luke 4:16-21

Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath He went as usual to the Synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures and was handed the book of the Prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He has chosen Me to
bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim
liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to free the oppressed
and announce that the time has come
when the Lord will save His people".

Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the Synagogue had their eyes fixed on Him, as He said to them. "This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read".


The Ministry of Jesus

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Study of the Four Gospels enables us to follow Our Lord
through the course of His Teachings during His Public Life:


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First, Christ spent forty days in the desert north of Bethany, then having gathered His first disciples, went to Galilee, and returned to observe Passover in Jerusalem; this is when He first drove the money changers from the Temple. After preaching for several months in Judea, He went to Sichem where He converted the Samaritan woman, then to Nazareth where He preached in the Synagogue, later going to Capernaum and then a journey through all of Galilee.

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Jesus then returned to Jerusalem where He cured the paralyzed at Bethsaida. He returned again to Galilee, preached the Sermon on the Mount (Mount Kurn Hattin). He then returned to Capernaum, here He cured the Centurion's servant, and later at Naim, raised the widow's son from the Dead. Again He returned to Galilee, then to Bethsaida- Julius. Near here is where He multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed those gathered to hear His Teachings. He then walked to the shores of the lake on the way back to Capernaum.


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Synagogue at Capernaum

During this year, Christ toured the regions of Tyre and Sidon on the Mediterranean coast; passing through Sarepta, He granted the petition of the Canaanite woman, then returned again to Galilee where the Transfiguration took place on Mount Tabor. After arriving at Capernaum, Our Lord preached to His apostles on the Mercy of God and then went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Tabernacles. Here, He confounded the Jews who accused Him of breaking the Sabbath, Pardoned the Adulteress, taught in the temple, and Cured the Blind Man. He then journeyed into Perea, where He taught the Parables of the Prodigal Son and Lazarus. From here He was called to Bethany, where He raised Lazarus from the Dead. After visiting Ephrem He returned to Jerusalem and foretold of His approaching death. In the temple in Jerusalem, He drove out the moneychangers (again), taught the Parable of the wicked husbandman and denounced the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Then, Our Lord climbed the Mount of Olives, where three days later He was put to death. He spoke to His disciples of the Judgment that, for all eternity, shall separate the Good and the Bad.


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