life, and she could not hide her sin from Jesus. But Jesus searched out her sin, not in order to condemn her, but in order to bring to her the message of salvation. Attracted, then, by what the woman had said, a number of the Samaritans came to Jesus and recognized him as the Messiah and as the Saviour of the world.
QUESTIONS ON LESSON IV
- Give an account of the testimony of John the Baptist to Jesus. How did John know that Jesus was the Messiah?
- What happened at Cana? Who, besides Jesus, was a guest at the feast?
- Give an outline of all the journeys of Jesus up to his passage through Samaria.
- Give an account, fuller than the outline given, of the early Judean ministry. What did Jesus say when he was asked to give a sign?
- What is the meaning of the "new birth"? Is it still necessary to-day if a man is to be saved? How does it come?
The Beginning of the Galilæan Ministry
After passing through Samaria, Jesus arrived in Galilee, and it was in Galilee that a large part of his ministry was carried on. The Galilæan ministry is narrated for the most part by the first three Gospels, which are called Synoptic Gospels, whereas the Gospel According to John deals more particularly with the work in Judea.
After the healing of a nobleman's son, when Jesus was at Cana of Galilee, our Lord began his preaching in the Galilæan synagogues. Early in this period he went to Nazareth, the place where he had been brought up. Luke 4:16–30. But the people of Nazareth could not believe that the carpenter's Son whom they had known was really chosen by God to fulfill the glorious prophecies of Isaiah. When rebuked by Jesus they even desired to kill him. Thus did they illustrate, to their own eternal loss, the words of Jesus that "No prophet is acceptable in his own country."
Leaving Nazareth, our Lord went down and dwelt at Capernaum,