By Arla, Aug 2 2019 01:00AM
Jesus loves Capernaum. It comes to be known as "his city," and its situation is a convenient center for his message. Being on the road that runs between Damascus, Jerusalem, Egypt and the Mediterranean, he can mingle with rich and poor, Jew or Gentile, either in their leisure or their business. From here his words and works will be carried to many countries.
Alive with beauty on the shore of Galilee, the area revitalizes Jesus with its orchards and vineyards, green fields and profusion of bright flowers.
No matter the warnings of the Sanhedrin, when it is known that Jesus is there, the synagogue is packed, with many standing outside. After the officer's son was healed, his family were transparent about their faith and brought many to see Jesus.
His tone is clear and lively, full of love and compassion. His words are simple and full of hope. They break the spell of business-as-usual, and while not ignoring daily life, he teaches that it is secondary to heaven's priorities--that a relationship with God improves all of life. He talks with authority, as one who knows God intimately and is conscious of heaven's reality, and "not as the scribes".
People love listening to Jesus. His sweet, sympathetic attitude shows in every look of his face, every tone of his voice, and draws people to Him. Even in the midst of enemies, the peace and love that surround him touch everyone whose heart is not hardened by unbelief.
Matthew 4:13-16, Luke 4:32