Out of darkness

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he immediately left Judea and returned to Galilee.

First he went to Nazareth, but later he moved to Capernaum, a town beside the Sea of Galilee that lay in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. Thus was fulfilled what had been said by the prophet Isaiah: “The land of Zebulun and of Naphtali, beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River, in Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light, and on those who dwelt under the shadow of death a light has arisen.”

Then Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

As Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon (who was also called Peter) and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they were fishermen.

“Follow me,” said Jesus, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

Immediately, they left their nets and followed him.

Further along the shore he saw two more brothers, James and John, in a boat with their father Zebedee preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus travelled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the good news about the kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and illness afflicting the people. News about him spread across Syria, and people brought to him anyone who was sick – those suffering from pain, demon possession, epilepsy or paralysis – and he healed them.

Then large crowds arrived from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the River Jordan and followed Jesus wherever he went.

Matthew

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