Jesus had not come to destroy anyone. He came only to heal and to save and to deliver. There were many Jewish exorcists in Jesus’ day, and the people were used to seeing demons cast out of people. Why were they so amazed when Jesus cast out unclean spirits? They were amazed because He did so with authority. He didn’t perform any elaborate ceremony or say some long prayer. No whooping or hollering or spell casting, just a simple command – “Be silent, and come out of him!” – and what He commanded was done.
(29-34) Jesus Heals Many
No disease was incurable for Jesus. Whether ministering to a single person (Simon’s mother-in-law) or a crowd of people, the care and compassion that Jesus showed was one and the same. Simon’s mother-in-law responded the way we all should respond after being touched by Jesus – with service.
(35-39) Jesus Preaches in Galilee
Going to God in prayer is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. We are never more mightier than when we are on our knees. Jesus the Christ had a lot going on – feeding crowds, healing crowds, teaching with authority, casting out unclean spirits, etc. – but He was never too busy to pray. Perhaps the fact that He had so much to do on earth repeatedly pushed Him to get in touch with Heaven.
Jesus the Christ prayed with His disciples and taught them to pray, but He also got away to a desolate place to pray by Himself. It is good to pray with others, but it is equally important that we make time to talk with our Heavenly Father alone. Being seen by others doesn’t make our prayers anymore powerful or get them heard any faster. We can better pour out our heart and soul desires to God in private than in public.
(40-45) Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Shane Claiborne said, “Beyond miracles, what has lasting significance is love. It wasn’t that Jesus healed a leper, but that he touched a leper, because no one touched lepers.”
Favorite verse: (40) And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”