Reading: Matthew 4: 12-23
Imagine how Jesus was feeling. He just heard the news. John the Baptist had just been arrested. In these situations, one might feel that they are powerless. They have not control. They are living in darkness.
So, what does Jesus do? He went to Capernaum and started anew. He started calling disciples to be his ministers. He started to teach and preach and spread the Good News.
For me, this passage is another example of darkness and brokenness being turned into new light. Instead of focusing on the arrest of John and the “bad times,” Jesus instead, “went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.” (verse 23) Perhaps when times are tough for us, we need to change our focus and see new light. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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