The town of Jesus – Capernaum
Luke 7:1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum.
This town was Jesus’ base. He continually kept coming back here ever since he left Nazareth. It became his home.
Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— Matthew 4:13
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. Mark 2:1
Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. John 6:24
Jesus knew the town’s synagogue very well and he also knew the shores of the lake too spending lots of time there. The town also was where Peter had a house.
- Jesus knew it was the place ordered by God.
It was to fulfil Isaiah’s prophecy, “to fulfil what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:14-16).
On reading and memorising these Scriptures, Jesus would have realised that he was the great light, he was the dawn for a dark land and he had come for people like those living on the Way of the Sea, in Capernaum. Scripture was guiding him.
- Isn’t that amazing?! If it guided Jesus then it surely guides us today. Who am I? What is God saying to me?
- Jesus knew that Capernaum would become strategic for his mission.
Capernaum gave Jesus’ ministry great opportunity. The Way of the Sea ran the full length of Israel and onwards to Egypt. But there was another road that came in from Arabia, across the Jordan and into Galilee. These 2 roads crossed in Capernaum! It was a stopping off place for travellers. It was the best and quickest way for communication.
- This is a huge challenge to us wanting to become like Christ. Is where I live strategic to what God wants me to do?
- Jesus put down some roots even for a short time and lived as a man amongst them.
The residents of Capernaum had God on their streets, in their shops, in their synagogue and homes. God was there talking, laughing, in power performing miracles of healing and transformation. However, Jesus would bring judgment, “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.” (Matthew 11:23) The people of Capernaum were indifferent to the presence of God amongst them. It wasn’t that they denied him as much as they ignored him. There were other things more important.
- Be greatly concerned about those who have heard, who have been near the presence of Christ and yet have not been moved by His presence. The judgment on Britain will be greater than on a nation like North Korea.
Capernaum, the home of Jesus for some years. Where do you live today?