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He Healed Many

Mark 1.32-34
That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
The people came to Jesus on Saturday evening after sunset. The day had been the Sabbath, their day of worship and rest, lasting from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Jewish law prohibited traveling and carrying burdens on the Sabbath, so they waited until sunset. After the sun went down Sabbath was over, and the people searched for Jesus.

With a touch of hyperbole, Mark described the scene in front of Peter’s house. The crowd must have been immense so that it appeared that the whole city had gathered there. The people who brought the sick, the sick themselves, and the people who brought the demon-possessed settled themselves in front of Peter’s house and awaited the touch of the divine healer.

Jesus patiently healed all the sick people. Jesus’ touch took away Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever (1.30-31) because it could heal any disease. No disease took Jesus by surprise, and no disease was beyond His ability to heal. He healed them all. And as with Peter’s mother-in-law, the healings were complete—as though the people had never been sick.

Jesus’ authority over the demons continued to be revealed as He drove out many demons from the demon-possessed people brought to Him. Again, Jesus simply had to command the demon to come out, and it obeyed. However, this time Jesus did not even allow the demons to speak because they knew who He was (as the demon-possessed man in the synagogue had proclaimed Jesus as “the Holy One of God,” 1.24).

What is it that you need to bring to Jesus today? Fears, discouragement, sadness, sorrow, sickness? Remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13.8). As He worked in the lives of people years ago, He will work in your life today. Bring your need to Jesus, and He will act for His glory and your everlasting good.

Pastor Jeff
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