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Discover the Book - September 17, 2011

  • 2011 Sep 17


Capernaum: The Town of Jesus

Sitting beside the loveliest lake in the world, is the Town of Jesus.
Sitting beside the greatest road of the ancient world, is the Town of Jesus.
Witness to the greatest sermons ever preached, is the Town of Jesus.
Witness to the greatest miracles ever performed, is the Town of Jesus.

Welcome to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus. No city or town on earth was ever called the Town of Jesus. No spot on earth was graced with more sermons, more signs, or more miracles that the Town of Jesus, Capernaum. Why do we call it that? Listen to Matthew 9:1“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Capernaum was the town of Jesus.” Why did He pick this small town in Galilee as His home base?

Today we are going to read a page from a day in the life of Capernaum, the Town of Jesus. I hope the wonders of Jesus, and this privileged town, will never be the same to you again!

Mark 1:21-34 “Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”28 And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee. 29 Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once.31 So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. 32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.”

So Capernaum was Christ's town! Jesus made His headquarters in this beautiful, prosperous fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. He performed more miracles and preached more sermons in and around Capernaum than at any other place during His entire ministry. It was there that He raised Jairus’s daughter from the dead and healed the nobleman’s son. It was here that He healed the demoniac, Peter’s mother-in-law, the woman with the hemorrhage, the two blind men, the centurion’s servant, the dumb demoniac, and the paralytic who was lowered through the roof by his friends.

Yet those marvels had little impact on most citizens of Capernaum; and because of their indifference they would not be exalted to heaven as they thought they deserved but would rather descend to Hades.

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