32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.
33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”
34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”
In this passage there are two surprised groups. The first surprised group was the people who marveled that Jesus could cast out a demon and make that mute man able to speak. They had good reason to be surprised for no one else could do these amazing miracles. It was as though anyone with any condition, medical or spiritual or intertwined, coming to Jesus, could be made well. Never in Israel, never in the history of the world, had this been seen.
While the world has had people who called themselves “faith healers,” none have been like Jesus. Jesus caused a man who literally could not speak to be able to speak. Furthermore, Jesus knew that the cause of this man’s physical problem was an evil spirit that possessed him. When was the last time a physical doctor performed an exorcism to heal one of his patients? How many physical doctors even know to look into the spiritual realm, if they could, to heal a patient? Jesus both knew what was wrong and had the power to fix the problem. No, this had never been seen in Israel and the people were surprised.
The second group of surprised people was the Pharisees who hated everything Jesus did. (We have people like this today who hate everything good about anyone.) Since the Pharisees could not deny something miraculous had been done, they decided to give the praise for the miracle to Satan, not to Jesus. When the lost of this world witness a spiritual miracle, they are surprised but don’t know what to do with it. They ascribe the change to everything and everyone but God. Those of us who have enjoyed the miracle of spiritual healing, i.e. salvation, we are surprised at what God has done for us and we give God the glory for we know who did this great work of grace.
It is normal to be surprised at the miraculous work of God. When we see it, let us ever give the praise to God. May we never think we had a part in it so we could share in God’s glory nor may we ever think that some other cause brought about the miracle of salvation. Greater works than these we can do and greater works we do when we tell people of the saving power of God, help them from their sin to the Savior and then marvel with them at the amazing work of the Lord Jesus.
A teenager named Haley is in need of our prayers today. She is the relative of a church member and is in a dark place. Pray that God would send the loving hands of a child of God to care for this girl.
Pray for Dasha who had a surgery yesterday. Pray with her for healing and restoration.
Thanks to those who came to my concert on Sunday. It was a lot of fun! Steven did a great job directing and Bonnie formally retired from the group. At the end we invited all former members up to sing a couple of songs together. It was a great time.
Pray for our service this morning.
Have a great day in the Lord,