Matthew 4:12-17 Jesus Begins His Ministry In Galilea.
Upon being anointed by the Spirit, with the witness of the Father, Jesus the Son was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, and he was victorious, making his constant appeal to the Scriptures (4:1-11). Now, at the commencement of His earthly ministry, he left Nazareth for Capernaum (v. 13a), “which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali” (v. 13b), but only upon the news of John the Baptist’s imprisonment, for this was another sign that the one hoped for, to whom John pointed, had now begun his work (v. 12). As testimony to this commencement, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah, the very words that were understood to be applicable to the inauguration of the Messiah’s work, and Jesus claimed this as now finding fulfillment in Himself (vv. 15-16; Is. 9:1-2 Cf. Is. 52:10). “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (v. 17 Cf. 3:2; 10:7; Mk. 1:14-15). Clearly this was the goal all among, and what the Messiah came to help bring about – that God’s kingdom would come, and His will done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt. 6:10). The people who sat in darkness were seeing a great light, a light that would dispel the shadow of death.