DOWN BY THE SEASIDE
When Jesus was young, He lived with Joseph and Mary in Nazareth. That’s where they settled when they returned from Egypt after Herod died. But, when the King-in-waiting was thirty years old, He moved His headquarters to the shores of Lake Galilee.
Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And
leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast… (Matt 4:12)
The literal Greek meaning is, He left Nazareth, once and for all, and set up His fixed base in Capernaum. That’s understandable; they didn’t treat Him nice in Nazareth – they tried to kill Him. The People in Capernaum loved Him.
WHAT KIND OF HOUSE DID JESUS HAVE?
Mark’s Gospel locates Jesus’ house on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, not far from the present-day site some call Saint Peter’s House. Jesus’ house is not there now. You can be sure no archaeologist will find a trace of Jesus’ historical house. God Forbid! Were that to happen, religious men would enshrine it, idolize it, and fight holy wars over it. Some things should remain hidden, such as the location of Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, and Jesus’ house.
On the other hand, as we dig into the Word of God, we uncover incontrovertible, scriptural proof that Jesus had a house. The evidence has been here all the time, in plain sight, but religious people have been blinded by centuries of tradition. I’ve had preachers ask me, “Where do you see that Jesus had a big house? I say, “It’s in the Bible you preach from.” They still can’t see it. They are, as Jesus said in Mark 7:13, “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition.”
JESUS HAD A KINGSIZE PALACE
If you’re surprised by the number of scriptures that point to Jesus’ house, then you’ll be astounded when you see how enormous it was:
And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also
together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. (Mark 2:15)
The deed to Jesus’ house was nailed to the door with one riveting statement, “He sat at meat in His house.”
He wasn’t in His parent’s house or a friend’s house. He was in His house!
Furthermore, He wasn’t alone. His disciples and followers were seated at meat in the house. It was a big house. Huge! We know Jesus had more than twelve disciples, right? He had a group of seventy and a group of five hundred. He had many other followers. Plus, He welcomed garden-variety sinners into His house to dine. That adds up to a lot of guests — and they weren’t outside, on the grass. They were inside His house, sitting down, banqueting. Jesus was holding court in His seaside palace.
Now we have a blueprint of how enormous His house was. It was large enough to accommodate the multitudes of guests who often filled His home.
It’s important that we set the record straight — Jesus was not a vagabond.
Here are questions for you to think about: Who do you think paid for the feasts Jesus hosted in his home? Were they expensive?