At Home in Capernaum
Jesus made His home in Capernaum, not Nazareth. Why refer to Him as a carpenter from Nazareth? That’s inaccurate. It would be more accurate to call Him the Prince from Galilee or the King-in-waiting who lived in a great house in Capernaum.
The truth is, more is said about Capernaum than Nazareth:
And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in14 the house15 [His house]. (Mark 2:1)
The article “the” is another inserted word. House can be translated home. So, read it this way, He was at home!
Just imagine the talk of the town in Capernaum; Jesus is home! Let’s go to Jesus’ house! (It’s easy to find; walk to the lake, look for a big house. If crowds surround it, the King is in residence).
You’ll recognize the next passage. It tells of a bedfast man being lowered through a ceiling. Guess whose house it was?
And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. (Mark 2:2-4)
Almost everyone knows this story, but few have associated the house with Jesus. I suppose most assume it belonged to some nameless follower. I have two reasons for believing this was Jesus’ home:
Number one, the context establishes His location. Verses fifteen and sixteen of the same chapter place Him at home.
Number two, I believe this was Jesus’ home because I find no record of Him compensating anyone for the damaged roof. It was Jesus’ character to bless those who blessed Him: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord…. (Eph 6:8)
You’ll recall, He repaid the fishermen for using their boats. He repaid the lad for using his bread and fish. It would have been contrary to the Word of God for Him not to compensate the homeowner for the roof (unless He was the homeowner).
Here’s a question for you: The Bible says, “…all good deeds are gifted back from the Lord.” (Eph 6:8) Do you think the Lord compensated people for the use of their boat, their house, and so forth?
This blog is one of a series of excerpts of my manuscript called Codex Rex — The Book of the King. Your comments and questions will help me improve the manuscript before publication.
Larry Huggins is a father, a husband, a pastor and a missionary, an author, and a broadcaster. He has traveled to scores of nations, planting churches and bible schools, and conducting seminars and evangelistic crusades.