12 Now hearing that John had been arrested He (Jesus) returned to Galilee.
Where did Jesus return from? We know that John had been preaching and baptizing people in the river Jordan in Judea. We can assume that it was there that Jesus was baptized, and from there the Holy Spirit took Him into the Judean wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Therefore, it would appear that it was from the area of the Judean wilderness that Jesus went back into Galilee. However, there are other things that we need to take into consideration, events that Matthew was not led to record, but which we find in John’s gospel.
This included Jesus meeting with some of His earliest disciples, the wedding in Cana in Galilee, and also His clearing of the temple in Jerusalem.
Wherever Jesus returned from it marked His turning away from His former way of family life, and His entry into the public ministry for which He had come into the world.
As we progress through life there will be a number of times when we are called by Jesus to leave where we are and what we are doing and enter into His new phase of life for us, and for us to embrace the new calling and adventure that He has ordained for us.
Jesus knew what the signal was for Him to return to Galilee, and it was the imprisonment of John the Baptist. Matthew records the events of this in chapter 14.
Knowing and understanding God’s signals is very important for us. A train driver needs to know and understand the signals that are before him. At a junction, especially a multi-track junction the driver must know which signals refer to the different routes, so that he can adjust his speed according to the course of the route that has been set for him.
Likewise we must also be aware of the signals that the Holy Spirit places before us, so that we can adjust to the new route that He leads us on. This has been true all through history. Abraham had to know and obey the signals that God gave to him, which led him to leave his father’s house and go to a place that God would show him.
There is never a time in our life when the signals of God disappear, signals that lead us into a new and different route in the Kingdom of God.
Let us tune our ability to read His signals, and then to obey them.