Sunset At Capernaum Friday, June 23, 2017
By, James L. Thornton
Luke 4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. (KJV)
The sun was setting in Capernaum, the Sabbath was ended, and it had been an exciting day for the citizens of Capernaum.
Jesus had healed a mentally deranged man then had healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever.
But now that the Sabbath had ended at sunset the citizens could have resumed their daily tasks.
The shop-keepers could have opened their shops; the fishermen could have pushed their boats out into the sea for a night’s catch of fish.
But none of these things happened.
No one thought of business,
No one thought of pleasure,
No one thought of rest.
But there was a great scurrying about at sunset on that day.
There must have been many homes with sickness, disease, sorrow, and cares of all kinds.
From all parts of the city and community, and even the outlying areas, they brought their sick folks.
Some on cots, or stretchers, some came on crutches, many had to have help to get there, yet they came, to Simon Peter’s door.
The whole city was gathered at the door of Simon Peter’s house, at sunset, when Jesus stepped out of the house.
Mark 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. (KJV)
They laid them in the yard, along the street up to the market place, on their beds, on cots, some leaning on crutches, many with mental disorders, and some with evil spirits, the blind, the lame, the cripple.
No disease was too desperate; all came to receive His help.
Never was he more the Christ than, when in the stillness of the evening, he went through that suffering throng. Laying his hands on them, speaking to them, blessing them.
Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (KJV)
Healed every one of them,
By his presence,
By his touch,
By his word.
“At evening when the sun was set, ...”
Henry Twell’s hymn,
“Thy touch has still that ancient power,
No word from thee can fruitless fall;
Hear, in this solemn evening hour,
And in thy mercy heal us all.”
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