What happened in the third Galilean Tour?


By BibleAsk Team

Jesus’ Third Galilean Tour took around one year, from about the Passover of A.D. 29 to that of A.D. 30. Let’s explore the details of Jesus’ third Galilean tour, supported by references from the Bible:

1. Introduction to the Third Galilean Tour:

This tour occurs within the broader context of His ministry in the region of Galilee, where he spent a considerable portion of his earthly ministry. Galilee was known for its diverse population and served as a hub for trade, culture, and religious activity.

The tour reached its heights after feeding of the 5,000 and the Sermon on the Bread of Life in Capernaum (John 6:1, 25). But the tide of popularity began to turn against Jesus as it had the year before in Judea, and the majority of those who had followed Him left Him (John 6:60–66). This took place a few days before the Passover of that year, which Jesus did not attend (Mark 7:1).

2. Departure from Capernaum:

Jesus begins his third Galilean tour by departing from Capernaum, a significant city where he frequently taught and performed miracles. Capernaum served as a central location for Jesus’ ministry activities in Galilee.


  • Matthew 9:1: “So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.”

3. Healing of the Paralytic:

One of the notable events during this tour is the healing of a paralytic man. Jesus demonstrates his authority to forgive sins by healing the paralytic and instructs him to take up his bed and walk, eliciting awe and amazement from the crowds.


  • Matthew 9:2-7: “Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.'”

4. Calling of Matthew and the Feast:

Jesus extends his invitation to follow him to Matthew, a tax collector, who responds by leaving his occupation and becoming one of Jesus’ disciples. This event sparks controversy among the religious leaders, who question Jesus’ association with tax collectors and sinners.


  • Matthew 9:9: “As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he arose and followed Him.”

5. Discourse on Fasting:

Jesus addresses questions about fasting, emphasizing the importance of understanding the appropriate timing and context for fasting. He uses the metaphor of a bridegroom to illustrate that fasting is not suitable during times of joy and celebration.


  • Matthew 9:14-15: “Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.'”

6. Healing of the Woman with the Issue of Blood:

During this tour, Jesus encounters a woman suffering from a chronic issue of blood. She demonstrates great faith by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment and is healed instantly. Jesus commends her faith and sends her away in peace.


  • Matthew 9:20-22: “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, ‘If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.'”

7. Raising Jairus’ Daughter from the Dead:

Jesus performs one of his most miraculous acts during his third Galilean tour by raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Despite the skepticism of onlookers, Jesus demonstrates his power over death and brings the girl back to life.


  • Matthew 9:23-25: “When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, ‘Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.’ And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.”

8. Sending Out of the Twelve Apostles:

Jesus commissions the twelve apostles to go out and proclaim the message of the kingdom of God, giving them authority to heal the sick, cast out demons, and preach repentance. This marks an important milestone in the spread of Jesus’ ministry beyond his immediate presence.


  • Matthew 10:5-8: “These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: ‘Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.'”

9. Instructions and Warnings to the Apostles:

Jesus provides the apostles with instructions and warnings as they embark on their mission, preparing them for the challenges and opposition they may face. He encourages them to trust in God’s provision and to remain faithful in the midst of persecution.


  • Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

10. Controversies:

The Third Galilean Tour had caused great disturbance for the Jewish leaders (Mark 6:14). After the Passover a group of religious leaders from Jerusalem came and accused Him of breaking down the religious requirements (Mark 7:1–23). But He silenced them by exposing their hypocrisy, and they were filled with anger which put His life in danger.

So, in line with His advice to the disciples, He took time off from Galilee for a time (Matthew 10:14, 23), as He had from Judea the year before when He was rejected by the leaders there (Matthew 4:12). This retirement northward closed His ministry in Galilee and took place less than one year before His death.

Although the reason for Jesus’ withdrawal to the vicinity of Phoenicia was to evade the scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem, He wanted a chance to teach His disciples to minister to non-Jews. The heathen also needed to hear the truth and He planned to lead the disciples to realize the needs of the heathen. For they too were precious souls for the kingdom of heaven.In that area, Jesus performed only one miracle during His visit to Phoenicia. This visit was not a missionary journey like the three tours of Galilee were. For Jesus isolated Himself from the masses and kept His presence there a secret (Mark 7:24).


The New Testament provides significant accounts of Jesus’ ministry, including his travels and teachings during various tours across the region of Galilee. Jesus’ third Galilean tour, as recorded in the Gospels, presents a pivotal period in his earthly ministry, marked by profound teachings, miraculous healings, and significant encounters with both followers and adversaries.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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