Beyond the Jordan, into the Jordan, to Tiberias picking up Simon, Andrew, James, John and Matthew in Capernaum. Staying at Peter’s mother-in-laws house, traveling to the synagogues. Going missing completely sometimes to pray. Hanging out with sinners. Wow.
It’s pretty awesome how Jesus starts his ministry. He settles and kind of puts up shop in Capernaum (which is the hometown of brothers Simon and Andrew, John and James, and Matthew himself) in Galilee.
“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles,” Matthew 4:15.
Now, Jesus grew up in a town not far from this called Nazareth which was up in the mountains. Jesus didn’t start his ministry in Nazareth though. He spent about thirty years there and worked as a carpenter (more likely a stone mason) under his earthly father, Joseph. Probably around the time Joseph died Jesus went to visit his cousin John, who had been baptizing in the Jordan and preaching repentance.
The Jordan river stems from the Sea of Galilee which is for all practical purposes surrounded by desert. Jesus spends 40…
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