“Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.” – Matthew 9:35.
So how incredible must this have been. To be alive to see this, to experience this, to watch this happen. Absolutely amazing.
Matthew sums up the content of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee to this point. Jesus did three things as He travelled from town to town around the region: He taught in the synagogues. He proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom. He healed every disease and affliction.
Nearly every town in Israel of any size had a synagogue. Jesus often taught in the synagogues, likely from the Old Testament Scriptures. He did this in the town of Nazareth, where He had grown up, teaching those gathered after reading a scroll from the prophet Isaiah (Luke 4:16–30).
Matthew’s report on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5—7 includes several proclamations from Jesus about the gospel of the kingdom. In chapters 8—9, Matthew has presented a series of stories about Jesus healing every disease and affliction, as well as casting out demons, controlling the weather, and raising a dead girl to life.
Both Jesus’ teaching and His miracles have drawn huge crowds wherever He has gone. In fact, they are following Him from place to place.
As He continues to move throughout the lands, the crowds grow larger, the accounts of what He is doing become more and more concrete. Jesus, the Messiah, the Saviour of the world has come. He is here with us today.
Every day. Every moment. Every hour. With us.