Jesus taught – and acted – with authority. In Mark 1: 21-34, we see His authority displayed in healing and exorcism.
Peter’s wife had become sick. As Jesus left the Capernaum synagogue, immediately they spoke to Jesus about her. He came to her and taking her by the hand, raised her up, rebuked the fever and it left her.
This is a fascinating glimpse into the heart and compassion of our Lord. Why this miracle? It was very personal to Peter. It shows Jesus’ genuine compassion for people and authenticates His healing ministry.
Mark goes on to say that when evening came, the people began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed. Practically the entire city gathered gathered at the door – an estimated population of over 1,500.
Jesus healed all who were ill with various diseases: fever, leprosy, paralysis, a withered hand, a flow of blood, a deaf and mute man, two blind men, and raising a dead girl. Luke adds, “And laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.”
He also cast out demons, not permitting them to speak, because they knew who He was. Luke writes, “Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.” Some around Jesus had questions about who He was, but the demons already knew the answer.
How do you apply these truths?
There is nothing in your life that’s too big for Jesus of Nazareth! Yet, there is also warning. Many are happy to have Jesus as their “personal genie” who provides for all of their perceived needs, but who will not put their trust in Him as Lord. The city of Capernaum witnessed the authority of the Son of God and saw the outflow of His compassion. They heard His teaching and His message. They were happy to take, as long as He was giving. But they refused to repent, to turn from their sin and to embrace Him as Lord.
It’s a sober reminder: Jesus is compassionate, but if you want to come to Jesus, you must repent of your sin. If you are willing to turn from what you know to be sin and embrace Jesus, He will become your loving, gracious Lord.