Jesus returns home with His disciples and taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Astonished, the people questioned where He obtained such wisdom and performed mighty works. They knew Him as the carpenter, the son of Mary, and His brothers and sisters. However, their offense at Him prevented Him from performing many miracles. He only healed a few sick individuals. Jesus marveled at their lack of faith. He proceeded to teach in the surrounding villages.
After Jesus returns home, He called His twelve disciples, granting them the power over unclean spirits, and sent them out in pairs, instructing them to rely on God’s provision and not carry any extra belongings. If they were not received or heard, they were to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony against those who rejected them. The disciples preached repentance, cast out demons, anointed the sick with oil, and healed them.
Meanwhile, King Herod became aware of Jesus’ fame. Herod associated Jesus with the resurrected John the Baptist, attributing His powers to John’s return from the dead.