Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We arrived back to Capernaum, a town of about 1,500, to stay a few days. Our new friends listened with rapt attention to Jesus during that time. On the morning of the Sabbath, we went to the synagogue where Jesus had been invited to teach.
The crowd listened in amazement. I heard one man whisper, “He doesn’t teach like our usual teachers.”
“No, he speaks with authority.”
It’s true, I thought. Jesus never cited the thoughts of earlier teachers. I don’t think he ever appealed to any rabbi’s authority.
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
My heart raced like a loping donkey. I looked around the room, trying to find the source. “What’s going on,” I muttered under my breath.
Jesus had already locked eyes on the man. I wondered is it an impure spirit? The man opened his mouth again…
“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
The man collapsed, going into a seizure, and shrieking as the spirit left. It did not like Jesus at all, even trying to control him by using his name. I had never heard of an exorcism like that, done just by a command.
Incantations. Strong smells. Those are usually what is tried. Not this, though.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”
It didn’t take long for the story to spread.