From Local to Global
Matthew 4:12-17; 8:5-13; 9:23-26
Mark 1:21-38; 2:1-12
Luke 4:38-41; 5:17-26; 7:1-10; 8:40-56
Matthew 5–7; 14:13-22
John 6:1-24; 21
Mount of Beatitudes
The Sea of Galilee and the towns on its shore play such a prominent role in the Gospels. The experience of being at the water’s edge and cruising out onto the lake are highlights of trips to the Holy Land for many folks.
The choice of this area as the home base for Jesus’ ministry, of course, was no accident. The town of Capernaum sat on the major international highway that came up the coast from Egypt, crossed the Jezreel Valley into Galilee, and connected with Damascus and the rest of Mesopotamia to the north and east.
While we often associate the Galilee region with a rural simplicity far removed from the more sophisticated, cosmopolitan urban centers of Jesus’ day, we should not overlook its strategic position. Its location made it a theologically and missionally strategic point for the Gospel.
From the very beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, God had the “ends of the earth” in mind. When you leave Galilee, take the good news of God’s grace to the world