Starting in chapter 5, Jesus had drawn a multitude. Verses 1 and 2, said He went up on a mountain and called His disciples to come, and there He taught them. The previous three chapters were just His teachings, with no comments from anyone.
The Leper Is Cleansed
Verse 1 – When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
Verse 2 – And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing You can make me clean.”
Verse 3 – Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
There are a couple of things I noticed in these three verses. This man had great confidence in Jesus. He had faith that only Jesus could bring healing. Sin is also a deadly disease that can only be cleansed by Jesus.
When the leper said, “If You are willing,” notice he didn’t say, “If You are able.” He had the faith to know that this man called Jesus, had the power to cleanse him completely. Keep in mind when asking to be healed: Worship Him first with adoration because He is the One who can make you whole. It is the will of Jesus to heal and cleanse, always!
Verse 4 – And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The Law required the healed leper report to the priest so that the priest could declare him completely healed and he return back into the community.
The Centurion’s Servant Is Healed
Verse 5 – Now when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,
Verse 6 – saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
Verse 7 – And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
Verse 8 – The centurion answered and said, “Lord I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
Verse 9 – “For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Verse 10 – When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
Verse 11 – “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 12 – “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Verse 13 – Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
A centurion was an officer in the Roman army who commanded about 100 men. Jesus was willing to enter into a Gentile’s home and heal his servant because of the his faith. Jewish law forbid going into a Gentile’s home. This centurion recognized the authority that Jesus had, and at the same time was so humbled by Him, he didn’t feel worthy enough for Jesus to come to his house.
Jesus let the crowd know, that was there listening, that even among the Jews, He had not found such faith. Now, in verse 11, Jesus says that many, even Gentile, will sit down with the great men in Jewish history in heaven. Heaven is for everyone, but the Jews thought they would be the only ones there.
Jesus points out something to the Jews, which thought the kingdom of heaven was only promised to them, excluding Gentiles (the children of the kingdom). Because they would reject Jesus as their Messiah, they would be cast out into outer darkness. In other words: There will be many Jews lost, and many Gentiles that will enter into the kingdom of heaven!
Peter’s Mother-in-Law Is Healed
Verse 14 – Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with fever.
Verse 15 – And He (Jesus) touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she arose and served them.
This healing was immediate and complete. Why do you think? Because she had a purpose to fulfill.
Verse 16 – When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,
Verse 17 – that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness.”
Notice, there was not loud praying and shouting for the demons to be cast out, no rituals, only “a word” spoken by the Master. Please don’t ever think that it’s not Jesus will for people to be well, because with one touch or one word, we can be made whole. The Bible says He healed “All” that were brought to Him! Do you believe?
Verse 18 – Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.
Jesus was now in Capernaum, a city northwest of the Sea of Tiberias, or Sea of Galilee. Evidently, Jesus and His disciples had left Peter’s house and were outside where the people had brought the sick and demon-possessed.
Verse 19 – Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
Verse 20 – And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
As they walked along, people were telling Jesus they wanted to follow Him. However, He was telling them it wouldn’t be comfortable. The sacrifices we make in order to follow Jesus can be big, but the reward is much bigger! Jesus never set up a permanent home while on earth. His home was in heaven.
Verse 21 – Then another of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Verse 22 – But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
“Let the dead bury their own dead,” was often an expression the Jews said as an indifference toward a thing, or rather to show the thing had no influence over them. The Savior was referring to the people who had no desire for the kingdom. They were uninterested in His work, who were “dead in sin.” He simply told them, to forget about that, and follow Him now. Jesus demanded complete loyalty. We need to ask ourselves this sometimes; “Where do my proprieties lie when following Jesus?”
Verse 23 – Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.
Verse 24 – And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. (Jesus was sleeping through a storm. Think about it.)
Verse 25 – Then the disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
Our own lives can be like the Sea of Galilee. A storm can pop up suddenly, and we are in a panic! Jesus is not surprised or anxious over our storms, and neither should we be. I’m not saying, don’t be concerned, but God says in His word that He will keep us in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When God doesn’t act on our behalf as soon as we think He should, we tend to think He doesn’t care, just like the disciples did here. Worrying and panic never changes anything!
Verse 26 – But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.
Had the disciples not just witnessed Jesus healing and casting out demons? However, they had to be taught just as we have to learn, He controls it all, all the time!
Verse 27 – And the men marveled, saying,”Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Do you still marvel at the deliverance in your life? I sure do!
Demons are Cast into the Swine
Verse 28 – When He had come to the other side to the country of the Gerglsenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. (Mark and Luke only mention one man. apparently they only mentioned the one who talked. No contradiction.)
Verse 29 – And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?
In other words: “Are You here to judge us before Judgment Day?” Oh, they recognized who Jesus was, even if others didn’t. These demons knew full well of their ultimate fate.
Verse 30 – Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.
Verse 31 – So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”
Notice, they had to ask permission to go into the swine. Even demons have to obey.
Verse 32 – And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Mark 5:13, says, there were about 2,000 swine. Satan’s ultimate goal is to destroy humanity, but when Jesus shows up the demons destroyed themselves.
Verse 33 – Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.
This is the only miracle with the exception of the fig tree, where Jesus destroyed someone’s property. His miracles tended to comfort mankind. It was proof of His goodness, added to direct purpose for which His miracles were performed. The owners of the herd of swine ran off into the city to report all that had happened.
Verse 34 – And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
These people feared Jesus’ supernatural power, a power they had never witnessed before. They were more upset at losing their herd of pigs than they were concerned for the two men the demon’s had possessed. How foolish. Do we have stronger emotions for material loss than the emotions we show to the lost?