Matthew 4:12–25 (NKJV, also appearing in Mark 1:14-20, 39; Luke 3:19-20, 4:14-15, 44, 5:1-11; John 4:43-45)
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
15 “Theland of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles:
16The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”
Here we see another prophecy–this time from Isaiah–fulfilled by the life and actions of Jesus.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus message closely mirrors that of John the Baptist. He preaches a message of repentance and urgency. The Kingdom is come, so repent!
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Jesus begins choosing His disciples, calling Peter and Andrew, James and John into the service of the Kingdom. He makes the now iconic statement that He will make them fishers of men. Jesus knew how to connect with people in a way that was relevant and personal. His method is effective and powerful.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. 24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
The last few verses of this passage describe the powerful ministry of Jesus Christ. He taught with authority, preached the gospel (good news), healed sicknesses and diseases, and He became famous. He did not have a marketing campaign or a publicist. Jesus simply did good everywhere He went, and it reached the masses.
What are we doing today to reach the masses? Television is a great tool. Internet is a powerful tool. However, doing good still reaches hearts and minds in a world fraught with evil and fraud. However, Jesus’ brand of good was not just benevolence and charity. Instead, Jesus’ good had a supernatural bent. He healed, cast out demons, delivered the bound, and He spoke with authority (as already mentioned). Seek the face of God and act like Jesus acted. Believe for miracles and see them happen. Then, you will be famous, too. But not like most cultural phenoms, please. Be famous like Jesus, without trying, because you are doing good.