THE FIRST PUBLIC preaching tour of
began on Sunday, January 18, A.D. 28, and continued for about two months, ending with the return to Capernaum on March 17. On this tour Jesus and the twelve apostles, assisted by the former apostles of John, preached the gospel and baptized believers in Rimmon, Jotapata, Ramah, Zebulun, Iron, Gischala, Chorazin, Madon, Cana, Nain and Endor. In these cities they tarried and taught, while in
many other smaller towns they proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom as they passed through.
146:0.2 This was the first time
Jesus permitted his associates to preach without restraint. On this tour he cautioned them on only three occasions; he admonished them to remain away
Nazareth and to be discreet when passing through Capernaum and
Tiberias. It was a source of great satisfaction to the
apostles at last to feel they were at liberty to preach and teach without restriction, and
they threw themselves into the work of preaching the gospel, ministering to the sick, and
baptizing believers, with great earnestness and joy.
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