Matthew 8:16 continues on, “Now when evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.”
Yesterday we were talking about Jesus healing Peter’s mother from a fever. How He just went over to her and touch her which would pretty much be considered wrong in every sense of the word back in those days. We learned about Jesus and how unconventional He truly was.
Today we’re talking about demons.
Peter opened his house for the evening to others in need of healing or who were oppressed by demons. Jesus served them all, casting out demons with a single word and healing everyone who asked from whatever sickness they had.
Demon possession—or oppression—seems to have been more common during this time in the history of the world. That speaks to Satan’s cleverness and strategy. In that culture, the existence of demons was not debated. There was no reason for the Devil to be especially subtle or hidden. So, demonic work of afflicting human beings was on display in many communities for all to see. In many modern cultures, as belief in demons wanes, it seems to have become more advantageous for Satan to be hidden and secretive.
This verse also shows that not all sickness came from demon oppression. Those were two separate categories.
The fact that Jesus was able to cast away demons with a single word was impressive and demonstrated His authority over the supernatural world. Others during this time provided exorcism services, with various degrees of success. Some tried to make use of what were thought to be magical incantations. Some tried to pit demons against other demons in order to get rid of them. Jesus simply ordered them to leave. They recognized His authority, and they left (Matthew 8:8–9).
So. Bibleref ends this last paragraph with an incredibly simple statement. They recognized His authority and they left.
How often do we not give Jesus authority in our lives? How often do we not ask Him into our problems, our issues, our pain, our hurt?
Today, welcome Jesus into it all.