The village of Capernaum is frequently mentioned in the Gospels and was Jesus' main base during His Galilean ministry.
It is referred to as Jesus' "own city" in Matthew 9:1 and Mark 2:1 and as a place where He lived in Matthew 1:13. He may have chosen Capernaum simply because it was the home of his first converts, Peter and Andrew according to Mark 1:21, 29.
Many familiar Gospel events occurred in this village. Capernaum was where Jesus first began to preach after the Temptation in the Wilderness (Matthew 1:12-17). It was where He called Levi from his tax-collector's booth (Mark. 2:13-17). It was while teaching in the synagogue of Capernaum that He said, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John. 6:54).
Capernaum was where Jesus healed a centurion's servant without even seeing him (Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10), Peter's mother-in-law (Matthew. 8:14-15 and Mark.1:29-30), the paralytic who was lowered through the roof (Mark. 2:1-12) and many others who were brought to him (Matthew 8:16-17). And it was from Capernaum that Jesus had set out when He calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27).
Even though the place called Capernaum played such a major role in the life and ministry of Jesus. The people of Capernaum didn’t seem to get it.
In Matthew 11:20, 23-24 Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. He said, “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”
The people of Capernaum witnessed many of the miracles of Jesus and yet did not turn to Him in faith. Being a participant or a witness to the things of God does not make one a Christian. Proximity doesn’t count. “Seeing is believing” is an inaccurate statement. The people of Capernaum saw yet didn’t believe.
It is more a case of “believing is seeing”. When we believe, then we shall see the things of God.
Do you believe?
Something to think about…