Jesus of Nazareth of Galilee

 

“…he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum,, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” – (Mt.4:12-16).

“And the multitude said, this is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee – (Mt.21:11).

 

   I’m preaching a sermon today on Nazareth of Galilee, the hometown and area of Jesus and its prophetic significance in God’s Word. Always keep in mind that God does nothing by luck or happenstance but with the wisdom and foreknowledge of God.

 

   Galilee was the most northerly of the three Roman provinces of Israel during the days of Christ – Galilee, Samaria and Judea. It measured 50x30 miles. It was inhabited by a mixed race of Jews and Gentile immigrants who moved there after the conquest by Syria in 722 B.C – (2 Kings 15:29). It was historically known among the Jews as ‘Galilee of the Gentiles,’ but  a large percentage of Jews lived there also and the Lord Jesus Christ was one of them. The Galilean accent and dialect was very distinct – (Mt.26:69). For this and other reasons, the pure-blood Jews of Judea despised the Galileans – “They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet” – (Jn.7:52). Again – “And Nathaniel said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” – (Jn.1:46). It is the same today in modern Israel – there are 50% Jews and 50% Arabs (gentiles) in Galilee.

 

   Nazareth of Galilee was the home town of Jesus for most of His 33 years – “…He shall be called a Nazarene” – (Mt.2:23). All of His disciples, except Judas, were from Galilee. Most of His 33 miracles were performed in Galilee and of his 32 parables, 19 were spoken there. After Nazareth rejected Him, he made Capernaum of Galilee the headquarters of His ministry.

 

   God did it this way because Galilee (which means ‘circle’) would be a miniature circle of the earth and His gospel would be preached to the circle of the whole world – both Jew and Gentile. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jews first, and also to the Greek” – (Rom.1:16). Again – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” – (Mk.16:15).

 

   Both Jew and Gentiles would make up Christ’s church – “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcism in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” – (Eph.2:11-22). And so Jesus Christ was of Nazareth in Galilee of the Gentiles – amen.

 

   It is written “… The land of Zebulun and the land of Nephtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death upon them hath the light shined – (Is.9:1,2). Jesus Christ is the great light sent to be a light of the Jews but also to the Gentiles who walked in heathen darkness. Now they can come to the light and be saved. Jesus must come from Galilee of the Gentiles – amen. The Gentiles comprise most of Christ’s church today – saved Jews are very few. Galilee, populated by many Gentiles, would have the honor of being the province of Christ. “For a light of the Gentiles” – (Is.42:6). – “I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” – (Is.49:6).

 

   When baby Jesus was being circumcised in the temple, Simeon prophesied of Him – “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” – (Lk.2:30-32). Yes, God’s mercy and grace extends to the Gentiles also through His beloved Son. God’s Son must be from Galilee of the Gentiles, for they shall also be the people of God when they are saved by Christ.

 

   And in particular Jesus must be from Nazareth of Galilee because of its location in Israel. It’s 12,000 ft. above sea level overlooking the plain of Esdraelon where Armageddon will take place. Nazareth is just 10 miles from the plains of Megiddo where the final battle of Armageddon will be fought at Jesus’ second coming – (Rev.19). Elevated Nazareth has a perfect view of the Armageddon battlefield. Certainly God placed his Son, the Savior of the world, in exactly the right spot - for the first coming and the second coming.

 

   Picture Jesus gazing upon the site of Armageddon and walking through the area as He grew up in Nazareth. Knowing all things, knowing when His gospel of God’s grace is preached to Jews and Gentiles worldwide, then the end of the world shall come. Knowing that the great battlefield of God Almighty would be fought just a few miles from His hometown at His second coming. The first coming and the gospel of grace and the second coming and the wrath of God during the great tribulation ending at Armageddon. Do you see the prophetic significance of Nazareth now? At His second coming, Jesus of Nazareth will fight in the battle of Armageddon just a few miles from His hometown of Nazareth where He lived during His first coming. In this battle the Lord of glory will triumph over the forces of Satan and his Antichrist. All of the blood bought saints, both Jews and Gentiles, will be a part of His heavenly army when He comes back – (Rev.19).

 

   When Jesus was rejected in His hometown of Nazareth after they tried to kill Him for preaching the truth, He moved to Capernaum on the N.W. shore of the Sea of Galilee. Along the shores of this fresh water lake there were great fishing industries and Jesus knew He would choose fishermen for 11 of His first 12 disciples. “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” – (Mt.4:18,19). Just as they caught fish with their net so they would preach the gospel and catch men. Everyone who is saved and born again becomes a soul winner. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter would preach and cast out the great gospel net and bring in a catch of 3000 men – (Acts 2:41). In the house of Cornelius, he would lower his net again and catch one notable man and his family and friends – the first Gentile – (Acts 10:23). On March 17, 1972, while waiting for the snow to melt in the U.P of Michigan, so I could go fishing for steelhead rainbow trout, I got saved and born again through Christ and I began to preach the gospel and became a fisher of men. And I never went fishing for rainbow trout again but I’ve preached to people of all colors – a rainbow of colors. And one of my churches I pastored was called ‘Rainbow Baptist Church’. “And makest men as the fishes of the sea… They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad” – (Hab.1:14,15).

 

   The Devil catches many men with his nets and snares using enticing sins as bait for the trap. But our Lord nets some with His gospel. A job catching men is much, much better than catching fish. It’s the best business in the world, being God’s fishermen. Let we who are born again into God’s family go about our heavenly Father’s business of fishing for men.

 

   Are you saved and born again by God’s beloved Son? Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved from your sins by the blood of Christ. You become a new creature in Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Repent of your sins and by faith believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and a new heart and a new Holy Spirit. Be a heavenly organ donor, give your heart to Jesus. You will receive eternal life – “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth on the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). Do not spurn God’s great love of His beloved Son on the cross and His amazing grace. Be a saved fish of the Lord and a fisher of men.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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