Hello and welcome back. If this is your first time visiting our site, welcome. We’re glad you’re here. In the last few days, we started looking at background information on Jesus Christ. More than ever before, at least in my lifetime, there is an urgency to share the good news of Jesus Christ. In a world rapidly falling apart and sitting on the edge, Jesus Christ is our greatest hope.
We have looked at Jesus’ earthly parents in the last few days, and those links are below. Today we dive into aspects of his ministry. I hope you will stick around.
In what geographical areas did Jesus minister and serve?
My reference book from college says, “Jesus spent most of his active life in Israel, a territory of no more than ten thousand square miles, about the size of the state of Vermont. When Jesus was an infant, Joseph took him and Mary to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod. (Matt 2:13-15) During his ministry, Jesus visited Tyre and Sidon (Matt 15:21). On the few occasions when he crossed the Jordan River, he did not travel far into the trans-Jordan area. (Matt 19:1).
“In the New Testament era, Israel had three geographical divisions of political importance: Galilee in the far north, Samaria in the central section, and Judea in the south. Judea had the heaviest concentration of the Jewish population. Galilee had a large Gentile population living among the Jews. Samaria had a mixed-race population whose people viewed the Jews with contempt. Most of Jesus’ ministry took place in rugged Galilee and between Galilee and Jerusalem.”
Here’s a thought
They didn’t have modern transportation like we do today, so wherever he went (not – the lamb was sure to go song), he walked everywhere he went. Jesus didn’t catch a ride from a car, wave down a cab, take a bus, ride a bicycle, or train. We know from scripture he wasn’t deterred from walking miles a day. Some people find it challenging to get in their cars and drive across town to minister to folks. Imagine how difficult it was to minister to folks when you faced a long walk ahead.
Thanks, Lord, for the example Jesus gave in His willingness to do your work despite the terrain and conditions. Father, we thank you for Jesus’ commitment and for the disciples who went with Him. We thank you for the disciples’ continued ministry after Jesus ascended into heaven. The disciples could have quit sharing the good news of the gospel, but they didn’t, and today we have an opportunity to share the good news with everyone we meet. Father, give us the courage to be brave, the stamina to keep going, and the strength to make it through the difficult days to come. We thank you for the Bible and the good news it brings. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
The Teaching Lady