Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law

Don’t think that I have come to destroy the law (of Moses) or (the words of) the prophets. I haven’t come to destroy them but to fulfill them.

Truly, until heaven and earth pass (2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 21:1), not one jot or one tittle will pass from the law, till all is fulfilled.

(Note: A jot refers to the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. A tittle was a small dot or pen stroke. Jesus will fulfill all the law and the prophecies down to the smallest letter with the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted.)

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least commandments and teaches men to do so will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does the commandments and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Unless you are more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

—Jesus

—Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:17-20

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Salt and Light

You are the salt of the earth.

If the salt has lost its flavor, with what can it be salted? It is good for nothing, except to be thrown out and trampled under men’s feet.

Have salt in yourselves and have peace one with another.

You are the light of the world.

A city that is built on a hill can’t be hid. Men don’t light a candle and put it under a bushel basket. Instead they put it on a candlestick, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In this way, let your light shine among men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

–Jesus

–Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:13-15, Mark 9:50 and Luke 11:33, 14:33-35

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The Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount Begins with the Beatitudes:

Seeing a great crowd of people, Jesus went up into a mountain. When he was set, his followers came to him, and Jesus taught them.

Blessed are:

—the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

—those who mourn, because they shall be comforted.

—the meek, because they will inherit the earth.

—those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, because they will be filled (with righteousness).

—the merciful, because they will receive mercy.

—the pure in heart, because they will see God.

—the peacemakers, because they will be called the children of God.

—those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

—you when men revile you and persecute you and speak evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward in heaven is great, because their fathers persecuted the prophets who lived before you.

Luke adds the “woes.”

But woe to you:

—who are rich, because you have received your comfort.

—who are full, because you will hunger.

—who laugh now, because you will mourn and weep.

—when all men speak well of you, because their fathers spoke well of the false prophets.

Matthew 5:1-7 and Luke 6:20-23

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Crowds Came

Jesus went about all Galilee:

—teaching in their synagogues

—preaching the gospel of the kingdom

—healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people.

His fame went throughout all Syria, and they brought to him:

—all sick people that were taken with various diseases and torments

—those who were possessed with devils

—those who were lunatic

—those that had the palsy.

AND HE HEALED THEM ALL.

Great crowds of people followed him. These people were from:

—Galilee

—Decapolis

—Jerusalem

—Judaea

—beyond Jordan

Matthew 4:23-25

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Fishers of Men

Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother. They were casting a net into the sea, because they were fishermen.

As the people pressed on him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake. He saw two ships standing on the shore of the lake. The fishermen were not in the ships. They were on the shore washing their nets.

Jesus entered one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and asked that Simon thrust the ship out a little from the land.

Jesus sat down and taught the people from the ship.

When he had finished teaching,

Jesus (to Simon): Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

Simon: Master, we have labored all the night and have caught nothing. Nevertheless, at your word, I will let down the net.

When they had done this, they caught a great crowd of fish, and their net broke.

They beckoned to their partners, who were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships. Both ships were so full of fish that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees.

Simon Peter: Leave me, because I am a sinful man, O Lord.

He and all that were with him were astonished at the catch of the fish which they had taken. And so were James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Jesus: Don’t be afraid. Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

When they had brought their ships to land, they left it all and followed Jesus.

Going on from there, Jesus saw the two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother (Simon Peter’s partners). They were in a ship with Zebedee their father, repairing their nets.

Jesus called them.

They immediately left the ship and their father (Zebedee was in the ship with the hired servants) and followed Jesus.

Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20 and Luke 5:1-11

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Nobleman’s Son

Jesus went to Cana of Galilee again, where he changed the water into wine.

There was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum (16.5 miles away).

When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went to Jesus. He begged Jesus to come to Capernaum and heal his son, because his son was at the point of death.

Jesus: Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.

The nobleman: Sir, come down before my child dies.

Jesus: Go your way, your son lives.

The man believed the words that Jesus had spoken to him, and he went his way.

As he was going home, his servants met him.

Servants (to the nobleman): Your son lives.

Nobleman: At what hour did he begin to improve.

Servants: The fever left him yesterday at 1pm.

So the father knew that it was at the same hour that Jesus said to him, Your son lives.

He and his whole house believed.

This is the second miracle that Jesus did when he came out of Judaea into Galilee.

(The second of seven miracle that John recorded to show that Jesus is God.)

John 4:46-54

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Light in the Darkness

Leaving Nazareth, Jesus went to Capernaum (a city of Galilee on the sea coast in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim). He stayed and lived there, fulfilling what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet:

In the land of Zabulon and of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness saw great light. To them who sat in the shadow of death, light has sprung up. Isaiah 9:2

The Galilaeans received Jesus, having seen all the things that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, because they were at the feast also.

Jesus taught them on the sabbath days. They were astonished at his doctrine, because his word was with power.

He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God.

Jesus: The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel.

Matthew 4:13-17, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:31-32 and John 4:45

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