Healing the Sick in Galilee
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, the epileptics and the paralytics, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. -- Matthew 4:23-25
Jesus went about doing good. He began his ministry in this manner, and it came to characterize his time on earth.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” -- John 4:34
It was necessary for Christ to establish his claim to be the Messiah, and he did so through signs and wondrous works.
The idea of Christ that is seen in the text from Matthew is one of diligence. He went throughout Galilee. Not waiting for the multitudes to come to him, he went to seek them; to heal them, yes, but also so that they might become acquainted with the good news of salvation and become subjects of the kingdom.
The Savior’s ministry
- He preached the good news of the kingdom
- Not by his servants and ambassadors only
- Kingdom of love
- Kingdom of mercy
- Teaching in the synagogues
- Jesus went throughout Galilee