Christ teaches in Galilee

Christ teaches in Galilee

Capernaum. Preaching of Repentance.

(The Gospel History, Section 28)

And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the Prophet, saying,

The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
Toward the sea, beyond Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
The people which sat in darkness
Saw a great light,
And to them which sat in the region and shadow of death,
To them did light spring up.

From that time began Jesus to preach the Gospel of God, and to say, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: Repent ye, and believe in the Gospel.

Christ teaches in Galilee

(The Saviour of the World, Vol II Book I Poem III)

The Son of Man rejected is of men;
Again to His own He comes and they refuse:
Nor calls He fire from heaven on guilty heads,
But patient, seeks Capernaum by the sea,
Bordering on Zebulon and Naphtali,—
Obedient to instruction set for Him:
Had not Esaias marked this stage of the way?
“Land of Zebulon, land of Naphtali,
“Toward the sea beyond Jordan, Galilee,
“Where Gentiles in the darkness saw great light;
“To them that sat in regions desolate—
“Where shadow of death broods over every man—”
And, as in house where corse lies waiting still,
No effort in that chilling presence is,—
“To them did Light spring up.” They saw, arose,
Went each about his several business
With easeful heart as man who knows his way.
And in and out amongst them went the Light,
Searching dark corners out and hidden ways,
Preaching,—Repent, God’s Kingdom is at hand,
And men must turn them from their evil thoughts
Or, light of the kingdom fallen across the land
Will from their eyes remove, and they sit dark
As in those years before they saw the Light;
But worse, for light withdrawn leaves deeper gloom.

St. Matthew iv. 13-17;
St. Mark i. 14, 15;
Isaiah ix. 1, 2