TEXT: Various (Places in the Gospels)

TIME & PLACE: 09/03/08 ELBC





INTRO: I want to look at something a little different this morning. Meaning I want to take a broader look at the aspect of the Lord’s journey that He took during His ministry on Earth. I recently made a statement this week that each of us has our own specific course that we are to travel. And in the journey we will fulfill or not fulfill the purpose and work that God has set before us. Paul said “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” Each one of us has our own course that God has laid before us to fulfill, as I said, for His glory. Jesus did just that. And because of that all that Jesus did we can learn from it.

   I have stated before that much can be learned spiritually from the Scriptures by looking at specific places in the Scripture. For instance I have said before that Christ, according to the Scriptures, had to perform His first miracle in Cana of Galilee. If that be the case then we can conclude as well that not only the course we travel is important, but also the place on that course we are on. I want to if we can look more closely at 7 specific places mentioned in the course or journey of Jesus ministry that I believe are very significant and will reveal to us much in regards to Jesus Love for us and example to us. With that being said I want to preach on this thought this morning....”THE JOURNEY OF JESUS”  Let’s briefly this morning Journey with Jesus through the Scriptures and see what we can learn from the “course” that He took and the example He left behind for us. Stopping first at Galilee.....


I.                  GALILEE – Various

(His Journey to the Place of PRESENTATION)

Note: I do realize that Jesus was not Born in Galilee, nor is this the first place that He made important in His ministry; however He did formally begin His Presentation of Himself in various ways in Galilee.   

A.     FOR CONFORMITY (His Baptism) Mar 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

Mt3:13-17 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Note: Jordan River bordered Galilee.

B.     FOR CONFIRMATION (His Beginning)Jn2:11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him”

C.     FOR COVERAGE (His Burden) Mt 4:23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

Facts: It is estimated at time of Christ 2000 sq/m belonged to Galilee. Approx 204 cities with a pop of 2-3 mill. He spent the majority of His ministry in Galilee.

D.    FOR COLLECTION (His Brethren) Mt 4:18 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.”

Appl: Let me ask you a question. Have you ever taken the time to examine your course...to see if it is yielding what Jesus would have you to yield? Does the course your on cause you to... 1. Conform to His plan, 2. Confirm His working in your life, 3. Coverage that encompasses many individuals and 4. Collection of “disciples” along the way?

Note: What can we learn from the 1st Place in Jesus Journey? It is that all of us must make a trip through our own Galilee.


II.               GENNESARET – Mt14:34 Mk6:53

(His Journey to the Place of PERFORMANCE)

Mk 6:53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

Note: Gennesaret is mentioned 3 times in the scriptures, twice as the land of and a 3rd time as the Lake of.

I also think it important to note by way of application that after you present yourself as a follower of Christ...the next thing people want to see is you Perform it!

2Co 8:11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

Phi 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Note: His journey to the Place of Performance was...

A.     TO HELP vs54 “And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,

Note: By Performing Jesus helped those disciples that were following him to KNOW Him.

B.     TO HEAL vs56 “And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

C.     TO HARVEST vs55 “And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.”

Appl: Does the journey your on cause you to Perform that which is present in your life. If not it is possible you may never have been to Golgotha.


III.           GETHSEMANE – Mt26:36 Mk14:32

(His Journey to the Place of PRAYER)

Mt 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.  

Note: Now I realize that prayer was an everyday vital aspect of Jesus life. I don’t want you to think that it was a one time event and he only did it in The Garden of Gethsemane. He always was in prayer as should we be; however on His journey to Gethsemane we can observe and learn some vital things for ourselves. His Journey to Gethsemane the Place of Prayer was....

A.     FOR ENERGY vs38 “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible...”

B.     FOR EXHORTATION vs39b “let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

C.     FOR EXAMPLE vs37 “And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee.... vs38b .....tarry ye here, and watch with me.”

D.    FOR EXPECTATION vs45 “Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”


Appl: When it comes to the Journey your on....does it mirror Christ’s example He set for us? Do you Pray for Energy, for Exhortation in accepting the will of God, to set an Example for others that “men ought always to pray and faint not” as well as Expecting the Lord to answer your petitions according to His will?


IV.            GABBATHA – Jn19:13

(His Journey to the Place of PRONOUNCEMENT)

Joh 19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.


Jn 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.


Jn 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:

Jn 19:14b Behold your King!


Jn 10:15-18 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Appl: When we Journey to the Gabbatha in our own life we Pronounce to others all that He pronounced to the world that day. Have you journeyed to Gabbatha? 


V.               GOLGOTHA – Mt27:33 Mk15:22 Jn19:17

(His Journey to the Place of PAYMENT)

Note: Now I realize that all the places Jesus journeyed to and thru were significant; however this is the Place that He came to Earth to visit emphatically.


Mt 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.


Jn 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  


Lk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Lk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.


Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Requirement


Rom 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Appl: Listen many people in society take short cuts in there journeys. I am glad Jesus decided not to be like man and take a short cut around Golgotha. In following Christ do you think that you are going to be able to bypass your Golgotha and place of suffering? Paul said “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering


VI.            GRAVE Mt27:60 Tomb/Grave

(His Journey to the Place of PROOF)

Mt 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.


Jn 2:19-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.


Jn 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

HE PROVED HIS MASTERY (total control over somebody or something) Jn 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

C.     HE PROVED HIS MAJESTY (supreme authority and power) Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Note: All that we possess and hope for and trust in was PROVED at Jesus journey from the Grave to His next Place in His Journey....Glory

Appl: Let me just ask you this question. When it is all said and done will the proof of what you trusted in on your Journey be demonstrated at your grave or as well at the Rapture of the Church? Or will there be no proof for you at the Grave because you never journeyed with Jesus to Golgotha...the Place of Payment for your sin/sins.


VII.        GLORY Lk24:26

(His Journey to the Place of PROMINENCE)

Lk 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?


Lk 24:24-26 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?


Lk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.


Rev 21:1-5 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.


Rev 21:7-9 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Appl: If I decide to take the Journey with Jesus at the end of the road is that Celestial City made by God Himself for me His Bride.....Praise God it’ll be good to get home. Have you prepared to go if not today you can.

Inv: Hymn 81 “Just As I Am”