Coming [back?– In the last section, people were talking about what he’d done there!] down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, he taught the people on the Sabbath, and they were astounded at his teaching, for what he said had the note of authority.
Now there was a man in the synagogue possessed by a devil, an unclean spirit. He shrieked at the top of his voice, “What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are– the holy one of God.”
Jesus rebuked him: “Be silent,” he said, “and come out of him.”
Then the devil, after throwing the man down in front of the people, left him without doing him any injury.
Amazement fell on them all and they said to one another: “What is there in this man’s words? He gives orders to the unclean spirits with authority and power, and out they go!” So the news spread, and he was the talk of the whole district.
On leaving the synagogue he went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was in the grip of a high fever; and they asked him to help her. He came and stood over her, and rebuked the fever. It left her, and she got up at once and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had friends suffering from one disease or another brought them to him; and he laid his hands on them one by one, and cured them. Devils also came out of many of them, shouting, “You are the son of God!”
But he rebuked them and forbade them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
When day broke he went out and made his way to a lonely spot. But the people went in search of him, and when they came to where he was, they pressed him not to leave them.
But he said, “I must give the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, for that is what I was sent to do.” So he proclaimed the good news in the synagogues of Galilee.