Jesus Begins to Preach
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”[a]
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Remembering what was in the beginning of this chapter, Jesus was in the dessert without food or water for 40 days and 40 nights being tempted by Satan. He comes out of the dessert and hears that his good friend has been put in prison. From there he goes away toGalileefulfilling prophesy in Isaiah and starts to preach of repentance.
Life hits us from all angles, when we think it’s done working the ribs; we take an upper cut to the jaw. At the hardest points in life, it is important to take time to mourn and come to terms with what just happened. Jesus had a long journey toGalileeto think about what had happened and plan his next actions. The distance fromNazarethtoCapernaumwas around 30 miles or no more then 2 days walk. That was a relatively short distance and it took 2 days of traveling, without distractions, to get there. I can say I have never taken 1 day to really think things over without any distractions let alone 2. I think it is important to learn from Jesus here. His strategy was to clear his mind and move forward with the mission. It is important to get away and make your trip toCapernaumwhen life happens. This can be as simple as bike ride alone for a couple of hours to driving cross country in a life transition. I promise you, if Jesus was willing to invest the time, it will pay dividends.