41th the study of the ‘book of John’
John 4: 43-45
After the two days, he left for Galilee. (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.
These verses are one of the difficulties to interpret. Because Jesus’ words to Galilee were quoted in different situations in the other three Gospels. But if you follow John’s emphasis, the interpretation of this text is not so difficult. Previously Jesus ministered in Galilee. But at that time the Nazarenes sought to kill Jesus. And after successfully finishing the ministry in Samaria, he goes back to Galilee. There are two reasons for this.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus thought that the Gospel needed the most because Galilee had rejected Jesus. Even as a sick man needs a doctor to save himself, Jesus has come to evangelism, even if they have rejected Jesus where they need the gospel.
Matthew 4: 13-16
Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali–to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along 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.“
Jesus also thoroughly went through the Bible himself. It means to depend entirely on God for all his life and to go on to God’s guidance regardless of the outcome. This is the life of those who have the Spirit of Christ. Did we have the Spirit of Christ? Do we go along the path of the Bible to save a soul?