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The Prophet Of Galilee
Although Jesus Christ is now one of the most well-known humans that has ever lived, during His human lifetime He was famous only for the last few years, beginning at the time of His ministry. The "temptation of Christ" occurred just before His ministry began.
"4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
"This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee"
The birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem was a fulfillment of prophecy. So too was His later dwelling in Galilee, where His ministry began. Both Nazareth and Capernaum are in Galilee (see the map; Capernaum is on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, while Nazareth is about half-way between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea).
"4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
The calling of the twelve was in Galilee. At least four of them were fishermen of the Sea of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows).
"4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Jesus became famous from Galilee.
"4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan." (Matthew 4:24-25 KJV)
The Messiah returned to Judea with a large following.
"19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 19:2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there." (Matthew 19:1-2 KJV)
Hence the reason that He was known as "Jesus of Nazareth" and "Jesus the prophet of Galilee."
"21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
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