By Adam Brown –
Why should you make it a life goal to get to Capernaum?
What if you could be at the very house where Jesus. . .
- Healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-39);
- Liberated the demon possessed (Matthew 8:16; Mark 1:32-33; Luke 4:41);
- Healed the sick (Matthew 8:16; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:40);
- Forgave the paralytic who had been lowered through the roof (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26);
- Restored sight to the two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31);
- Cast out the demon from the mute man (Matthew 9:32-34);
- Redefined familial relationships when His mother and brothers were at the door (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:20-21, 31-35; Luke 8:19-21);
- Sent Peter to retrieve the temple tax from the mouth of the fish in the lake (Matthew 17:24-27);
- Privately tutored His disciples about. . .
- (1) the kingdom of God (Matthew 13:36-52; 18:7-14; Mark 4:10-33; Luke 8:9-18);
- (2) what it means to be great (Matthew 18:1-6; Mark 9:33-50; Luke 9:46-50);
- (3) how to resolve conflict among themselves (Matthew 18:7-35)?
And, what if―having seen the house―you could walk two minutes down a dusty ancient street to the synagogue where Jesus. . .
- Regularly taught (Mark 1:21-22);
- Cast out demons (Mark 1:23-28; Luke 4:31-37);
- Healed the man with the withered hand (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11);
- Proclaimed that He was the bread of life (John 6:22-71)?
And, what if―having seen the house and visited the synagogue―you could double-back down the same dusty street, pass by the house, and within three minutes be on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus. . .
- Called Peter, Andrew, James, and John to be His disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11);
- Taught the parables of. . .
- (1) the sower and the seed (Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8);
- (2) the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30);
- (3) the mustard seed (Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19);
- (4) the leaven (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21)?
And, what if―having seen the house and visited the synagogue and walked on the beach―you could meander through the ruins of the town, not knowing if this place or that was where Jesus. . .
- Retreated to pray by Himself (Mark 1:35-38; Luke 4:42-43);
- Healed the centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; John 4:46-54)
- Raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26; Mark 5:21-24, 35-43; Luke 8:40-42, 49-56);
- Healed the woman of her bleeding disease (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48);
- Called Levi from his tax booth to become Matthew the apostle (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-32);
- Interlocked with the Pharisees about such things as. . .
- (1) the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5);
- (2) the source of His authority (Matthew 12:24-45; Luke 11:14-36);
- (3) the right interpretation of the Law (Luke 11:37-54);
- (4) fasting (Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39)?
You CAN go to this place. All of this happened in Capernaum. You can see the house, the synagogue, the beach, and the ruins of the town where Jesus did all of this.
So much that we read and treasure in the Gospel happened in Capernaum. All within a few minutes walking radius.
Why wouldn’t you make it a life goal to go there, to see this sacred ground for yourself?
In my opinion, “Getting to Capernaum” should be on the very top of every Christian “bucket list.”