Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum, and every Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught the people.
They were amazed at his teaching, for he taught as one who had real authority -- quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
A man possessed by an evil spirit was in the synagogue,
and he began shouting, "Why are you bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are -- the Holy One sent from God!"
Jesus cut him short. "Be silent! Come out of the man."
At that, the evil spirit screamed and threw the man into a convulsion, but then he left him.
Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. "What sort of new teaching is this?" they asked excitedly. "It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!"
The news of what he had done spread quickly through that entire area of Galilee.
After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they went over to Simon and Andrew's home, and James and John were with them.
Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away.
He went to her bedside, and as he took her by the hand and helped her to sit up, the fever suddenly left, and she got up and prepared a meal for them.
That evening at sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.
And a huge crowd of people from all over Capernaum gathered outside the door to watch.
So Jesus healed great numbers of sick people who had many different kinds of diseases, and he ordered many demons to come out of their victims. But because they knew who he was, he refused to allow the demons to speak.