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SUNDAYS | JULY 15 through SEPTEMBER 2
It's about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide, but only 150 feet deep, and it lies 650 feet below sea level.
They call it the SEA of Galilee. But it really is more like a LAKE. But it’s not just any lake. It was the place where Jesus grew up.
It was Jesus neighborhood, if you will. :-)
After enduring temptation, in Luke 4:14 it says
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
The next verses tell that he went to his hometown of Nazareth and on the Sabbath went to the synagogue and opened the scroll and read from prophet Isaiah
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus then says
"today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
It was around this little insignificant lake that Jesus spent his time. He went from place to place and we have story after story of his miracles, his teaching, and his love. He was fulfilling the words of He had read in the synagogue that day.
What if Jesus came to your neighborhood? What if he went from place to place where you live? To your street, to your office, to your friends, to your neighbors, to your family. What stories would we tell?
These are the stories we are after.
What if Jesus came to your neighborhood?
Well He has. He dwells in you.
So, let’s spend the summer by the lake and see how Jesus meets people right where they are.