Jesus is shown here as one who has authority. He has authority over the Word, authority over the demonic, and authority over sickness. He has that authority because He is the Son and the Holy One of God!
Being the “Holy One of God” shows that He is set apart for service to God in a special way. Aaron (Psalm 106:16), Samson (Judges 13:7), and Elijah (2 Kings 4:9) were all identified as holy and devoted to God. And as the “Son of God” He is revealed as the divine Messiah who obeys His Father!
2 Samuel 7:12-14 “When the time comes for you (David) to die, I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. I will become his father and he will become my son.”
Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.”
John 5:30 “I can do nothing on my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me.”
Since He is the divine, obedient Messiah He is unlike other teachers. He doesn’t qualify everything He says or appeal to others opinions. He teaches as though He knows. And He does!
Jesus’ authority extends over the natural and the supernatural. The demons know who He is, and they have to obey Him. Even sickness has to bend the knee! What should we understand about the demonic and illness today?
- We acknowledge that demonic possession is real, but we don’t blame everything on it
- Demonic oppression is much more prevalent
- Sickness happens to everyone
- And God doesn’t heal it all
Paul shows us how we are to live in light of issues like illness and disease:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 “Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me—so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”