John 4:45 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 4:45, NIV: "When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there."

John 4:45, ESV: "So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast."

John 4:45, KJV: "Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast."

John 4:45, NASB: "So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, only because they had seen all the things that He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves also went to the feast."

John 4:45, NLT: "Yet the Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything he did there."

John 4:45, CSB: "When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen everything he did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival."

What does John 4:45 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Galilee is a region, not a specific town. Cana and Nazareth are two of the towns in that area. Since Jesus had previously been invited to a wedding in Cana (John 2:1–2), and performed a miracle there (John 2:11), it makes sense that He would be welcomed. However, it seems Jesus went to Cana instead of Nazareth due to a lack of interest (John 4:44). His own family and childhood friends didn't seem to have much concern for His message, so He went elsewhere.

Jesus is making this visit after spending some time in Jerusalem. There, He had not only cleansed the temple (John 2:13–17), but had also attracted quite a bit of attention for His teachings and works (John 2:23). Travelling to Jerusalem for various feasts was required of all able-bodied Jewish men of that region. So, there would have been many people from Galilee in the city to see these things Jesus was doing.