The Story of a Boy in Capernaum and a Riot
Jesus at Cana
John iv: 46 to 54;
Luke iv: 16 to 31.
From Sychar, the village
near Jacob's well, Jesus went northward into
Galilee, to Cana, the place where he had made the
water into wine, as we read in Story 116. The news
that Jesus had come back from Jerusalem, and was
again in Galilee, went through all that part of the
land, and everybody wished to see the prophet who
had wrought such wonders.
There was one man living in Capernaum, a town beside
the Sea of Galilee, who heard with great joy that
Jesus was again at Cana. He was a man of high rank,
a nobleman at the court of King Herod; but he was in
deep trouble over his son, who was very sick, and in
danger of dying. This nobleman went up the mountains
in great haste from Capernaum to Cana, to see Jesus.
He rode all night, and in the morning, when he found
Jesus, he begged him to come down to Capernaum and
cure his son. Jesus said to the man, "You people
will not believe on me as the Saviour, unless you
continually see signs and wonders."
"O my lord," said the father, "do come down quickly,
or my child will die."
"You may go home," said Jesus, "for your son will
The man believed the words of Jesus, and went home,
but he did not hurry, nor did he ask Jesus to go
with him. The next morning, as he was going down the
mountains, his servants met him, and said, "Master,
your son is living, and is better."
"At what hour did he begin to grow better?" asked
"It was yesterday, at seven o-clock in the morning,
when the fever left him," they answered.
 That was the very hour when Jesus had said to
him, "Your son will live." And after that the
nobleman believed in Jesus, and so did all who were
living in his house.
Jesus had come to Galilee to preach to the people,
and to tell them of his gospel. He thought that he
would begin his preaching in the town of Nazareth,
where he had lived so many years, where his brothers
and sisters were living still, and where all the
people had known him. He loved the men who had
played with him when he and they were boys together,
and he longed to give them the first news of his
So Jesus went to Nazareth; and, as on the
Sabbath-days he had always worshipped in the
synagogue, he went to that place once more. He was
no longer the carpenter, but the teacher, the
prophet, of whom all in the land were talking, and
the synagogue was filled with people eager to hear
him, and, especially, hoping to see him do some
wonderful works. Seated on the floor before him were
men who had known him since he was a little boy, and
perhaps some of his own sisters were looking down
from the gallery behind the lattice-screen.
Jesus stood up, to show that he wished to read from
the Scriptures, and the officer who had the care of
the books handed him the roll of the prophet Isaiah.
Jesus turned to the sixty-first chapter, and from it
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he hath anointed me to preach good tidings
to the poor.
He hath sent me to proclaim freedom to the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those that are bruised,
To proclaim the year of God's grace to men.
When Jesus had read these words he rolled up the
book and gave it again to the keeper of the rolls,
and sat down; for in the synagogue a man stood up to
read the Bible, and sat down to speak to the people.
He began by saying:
"This day this word of the Lord has come to pass
And then he showed how he had been sent to preach to
the poor, to set the captives free, to give sight to
the blind, to comfort those in trouble, and to tell
men the news of God's grace. At first the people
listened with the deepest interest, and they were
touched with the kind and tender words that he
But soon they began to whisper among themselves. One
said, "Why should this carpenter try to teach us?"
And another, "This man is no teacher! He is only the
son of Joseph! We know his brothers, and his sisters
are living here." And some began to say, "Why does
he not do here the wonders that they say he has done
in other places? We want to see some of his
Jesus knew their thoughts, and he said, "I know that
you will say to me, 'Let us see a miracle like that
on the nobleman's son in Capernaum.' Of a truth, I
say to you, 'No prophet has honour among his own
"You remember what is told of Elijah the prophet;
when the heavens were shut up, and there was no rain
for three years and six months. There were many
widows in the land of Israel at that time, but
Elijah was not sent by the Lord to any one of them.
The Lord sent him out of the land to Zarephath, a
town near Zidon, to a widow there; and there he
wrought his miracles.
"And in the time of Elisha the prophet, there were
many lepers in Israel that Elisha might have cured;
but the only leper that Elisha made well was Naaman
All this made the people in the synagogue very
angry; for they cared only to see some wonderful
work, and not to hear the words of Jesus. They would
not listen to him; they leaped up from their seats
upon the floor, they laid hold of Jesus, and dragged
him out doors. They then took him up to the top of
the hill above the city, and they would have thrown
him down to his death. But Jesus, by the power of
God, slipped quietly out of their hands and went
away, for the time for him to die had not yet come.
Very sadly Jesus went away from Nazareth, for he had
longed to bring God's blessings to his own people.
He walked down the mountains to the city of
Capernaum, by the seashore, and there on the
Sabbath-days he taught the people in the synagogues.
Jesus at Cana