14 day plan

The Blessed Life

Day 1 of 14

Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Reflection: Before Matthew lets us hear the greatest sermon ever given (the Sermon on the Mount), he reminds us of Jesus’ extraordinary fame as a preacher of the gospel (the gospel promised in Isaiah 61:1-2) and as a ‘teacher’ of a new law. Large crowds from a vast geographical region flock to him.

About a decade after Matthew wrote, the first-century non-Christian writer Josephus also remarked, “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man. For he was one who wrought surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks.”
May we never forget the Lord’s greatness as our teacher!

Question: Do we approach the words of our Teacher with the same eagerness and zeal of those who first heard him?