A few weeks turned into several months and, during that period in Capernaum, a few things transpired:
- Jesus, against his will, was prevailed on to touch others in a healing manner. It got to the point that he attracted small and attentive crowds. He explained to some that he thought he had a power he derived from his unity with Abba. That power perhaps enabled him to relieve people of their ailments. Jesus did nothing that might not have happened of its own accord in the course of time. But he could not defeat rumors that he was special, remarkable, even miraculous. And yes, he just might be the promised messiah. Poets had predicted his coming.
- As Jesus established himself as a teacher and gained recognition as a healer, both Peter and Andrew became lost in their own thoughts. These would eventually become their discussion with Jesus. What was Jesus planning? What would he do when he became widely known? Jesus might exceed the fame of John. Was there a part they, Peter and Andrew, might play? Could they acquire some of the same skills Jesus possessed. Could they be different fishers? It was just a thought. You only lived once. Their needs were small. It was worth discussing.
- Just as this was going on, John the baptizer was taken by the King’s men, jailed, for comments made about Herod’s adulterous behavior. People did not come back from such imprisonment. There was consternation among John’s many followers. They made themselves scarce. There was no end to what the King might do. Word of John’s arrest got to Capernaum. Jesus thought to himself how tenuous things might become. These reflections impelled Jesus to walk out of town to a place not unlike the spot near Nazareth where he talked to Abba for the better part of two decades.