Then they went to Capernaum. On the next day of worship, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
The people were amazed at his teachings. Unlike their scribes, he taught them with authority.
At that time there was a man in the synagogue who was controlled by an evil spirit. He shouted,
"What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!"
Jesus ordered the spirit, "Keep quiet, and come out of him!"
The evil spirit threw the man into convulsions and came out of him with a loud shriek.
Everyone was stunned. They said to each other, "What is this? This is a new teaching that has authority behind it! He gives orders to evil spirits, and they obey him."
The news about him spread quickly throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
After they left the synagogue, they went directly to the house of Simon and Andrew. James and John went with them.
Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. The first thing they did was to tell Jesus about her.
Jesus went to her, took her hand, and helped her get up. The fever went away, and she prepared a meal for them.
In the evening, when the sun had set, people brought to him everyone who was sick and those possessed by demons.
The whole city had gathered at his door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases and forced many demons out of people. However, he would not allow the demons to speak. After all, they knew who he was.