After the resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to his disciples and followers in various places before he finally returned to Galilee. Many people have been wondering why Jesus prioritized going back to Galilee after his resurrection, and what message he wanted to convey by doing so. In this article, we will explore the reasons why Jesus returned to Galilee after his resurrection.
The Significance of Galilee in Jesus’ Life
Galilee was an important place for Jesus during his earthly ministry. He spent most of his time preaching and teaching in this region, performing miracles and healing the sick. It is also where many of his disciples came from, including Peter, James, John, Andrew, and Matthew.
Fulfillment of Prophecy
Returning to Galilee after the resurrection was a fulfillment of prophecy as foretold by Jesus himself. In Matthew 26:32, Jesus told his disciples that after he had been raised from the dead he would go ahead of them into Galilee. This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee (Matthew 28:16).
Reinstatement of Peter
Another reason why Jesus returned to Galilee was to reinstate Peter as a leader of the church. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had denied knowing him three times (Matthew 26:69-75).
However, after the resurrection, Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a second chance by reinstating him as a leader (John 21:15-19). This happened when they were on the shores of Lake Tiberias in Galilee.
Commissioning His Disciples
Jesus also returned to Galilee to commission his disciples for their mission ahead. In Matthew 28:18-20, known as the Great Commission passage, Jesus gave them instructions to go out into all the world and make disciples of all nations. By meeting them in Galilee, Jesus was able to give them a final message and instructions before he ascended into heaven.
In conclusion, Jesus’ return to Galilee after his resurrection had significant meanings. It was a fulfillment of prophecy, a reinstatement of Peter, and a commissioning of his disciples for their mission ahead. Galilee was a significant place in Jesus’ life and ministry, and it was fitting that he returned there to wrap up his earthly ministry before ascending into heaven.