August 10, 2020
Launch Day !
1:21-38 describes "launch day," the
first twenty-four hours of Jesus'
ministry in Capernaum. It was an amazing
the Sabbath morning Jesus taught God’s
Word to the blessing and acclaim of the
Jewish congregants (vv. 21-22). He
taught with great authority, like no
Then, with a single command, He
delivered a demoniac who was present in
the congregation. Thus, He easily
exorcised demons with a power never
before seen in any Jewish exorcist or
magician or Greek charmer (vv. 23-28).
This, too, left the whole synagogue
reeling with wonder: "And they were all
amazed ... What thing is this? ... For
with authority commandeth he even the
unclean spirits, and they do obey him"
(v. 27). But there was more to come.
“church,” Jesus visited Peter and
Andrew’s home for lunch. There He
discovered Peter’s mother-in-law was
suffering a high fever. So, Jesus
touched her and "immediately the fever
left her" (v. 31) and she immediately
rose and prepared their noon meal (vv.
29-31). Powerful teaching, powerful
exorcism, powerful healing, wow, what a
ministerial debut! But the best was yet
News of Jesus’ kingdom gospel and
exploits so stirred the public that, by
sunset, “all the city was gathered
together at the door” of His rented
home, many carrying sick friends and
relatives on stretchers and matts (vv.
32-33). This largely Jewish crowd had
waited till sundown since rabbinic
teaching prevented them from carrying
burdens until the Sabbath ended. Since
Capernaum had a substantial Gentile
population, it is very likely “all the
city” meant not only Jews but also
Gentiles gathered together to seek the
powerful new ministry of this new Rabbi
and His "new doctrine" (v. 27). And
Christ did not disappoint: a wonderful
“new thing" followed (Isaiah 43:19).
Gentiles crowded into and around Jesus’
rented house and not a few or some but
“many” received healing from many
different kinds of diseases (v. 34).
Also, Jesus expelled “many” demons as He
had done that morning at the
synagogue—with His word and not
permitting them to speak (v. 34).
Furthermore, though not written, it's
likely He again taught the Word to His
guests. It would take a significant
amount of time for “many” to receive
Jesus' personal healing and deliverance
ministries. So, this Messianic miracle
meeting must have lasted well into the
night. And Jesus' work still wasn’t
great while before day," or very early
the next morning, Jesus withdrew to a
“solitary place” to spend time with His
Father in prayer (v. 35). Why? He was
refueling spiritually, spending time
with His heavenly Source and drawing new
earthly life and power from Him. This
was the secret of Jesus’ dynamic power:
time spent in communion with the Father,
in His presence, alone and
uninterrupted. Luke confirms Jesus did
this not just on this first day of
ministry in Capernaum but “often” (see
Luke 5:16, NAS). But this sweet
communion could not, and did not, last
At daybreak, Peter came looking for
Jesus. He informed his Master that the
public reports of His previous day’s
ministry had captivated the people and
now, “all men seek for thee” (v. 37).
This statement, and Jesus' response,
"Let us go into the next towns" (v. 38),
closes the first twenty-four hours of
Jesus' ministry in His new headquarters
What a day this "launch day" was:
miracles at church, miracles at lunch,
miracles all night long, spiritual
refueling in the early morning, and new
demand for more ministry at daybreak!
ministry was indeed a “new thing” for
the people. Suddenly, heaven opened and
poured out on them its very best
blessing, its glory—the amazing
Jesus in all His fullness
personally teaching, healing, and
delivering the oppressed in His
compassionate power! Peter later
described that glory: "How God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit,
and with power; who went about doing
good, and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil, for God was with
him" (Acts 10:38).
But this "new thing" was equally new to
Jesus and His band of apostles. They had
entered a new period of “ministry on
demand” that left them with little or no
time for themselves, only time for
ministry, spiritual restoration, and
more ministry (Mark 6:31). After launch
day, their lives were never the same.
praying for a "new thing" in your old
church? A heavenly revival, spiritual
awakening, or divine visitation?
Then get ready for your own launch day!
Miracles in the morning, miracles at
lunch, miracles all night long,
spiritual refueling, and more acts of
Christ the next day - all because God's
glory has visited. Jesus will truly be
present among us, working by the power
of His Spirit through the members of His
body doing the very same wonders He did
in Capernaum. The four Gospels will come
to life in our lives!
Pentecost was the church's first launch
day. Numerous subsequent visitations
down the centuries in various parts of
the world have relaunched the ekklesia
when it was flagging, as we are in this
Laodicean generation. May Christ answer
our prayers and relaunch us again in
these last days. Acts 29 is yet to be
So, pray, prepare, and expect launch day
in your church - a day like nothing
you've ever experienced.