November 25, 2011
Demons and Diseases
Mark 1:32-34, Page 1559
Some people confuse demons with disease, but Jesus carefully distinguished between them. Diseases Jesus healed, and demons He cast out, not permitting them to speak. As we have already seen in a previous study about demons, Jesus exercised absolute power over them. In our study today, we will see that we should not confuse spiritual demons with physical disease.
Bringing to Jesus. Throughout the Gospels, we read about people brining other people to Jesus for help. In this passage, we see that people recognized in Jesus the power to heal disease and also the power to cast out demons (Mark 1:32, page 1559). Jesus had absolute authority of all disease and healed everyone who came to Him for help with physical sickness. As we saw yesterday, we need to be sure to bring the people we love to Jesus when they are sick. His power works today in the same way He worked on earth touching the sick. Jesus never promised to heal us from every physical affliction–as we saw with Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, page 1817); Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27, page 1837-1838); and Timothy (1 Timothy 5:23, page 1859). He did promise to love us always and to make His power known through our physical weaknesses, helping us to endure them and shine for Him (2 Corinthians 12:7-10, page 1817).
Demon-Possessed. Because we have treated this subject previously, we can spend less time here. But, let me emphasize that the text clearly distinguishes between physical illness, and demonic possession. Jesus did not confuse the two problems, and we should not either. I am struck by how little people think about the demonic world in which we live. Jesus called satan the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2, page 1828) and described him further as the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4, page 1807-1808), who has demons to serve him, as satan rules this world (John 12:31-32, 1681). We should never underestimate the evil and destructive power of this present darkness (Ephesians 6:12, page 1834). Through Christ, by faith in Him alone, we have been transferred out of the domain of darkness, ruled by satan, and into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ, and His rule in our lives (Colossians 1:13, page 1841). When we encounter people controlled by demons, then we should bring them to Jesus, for His power to remove the demon and transfer them into His kingdom by faith alone.
Jesus Healed Various Diseases. Jesus healed many diseases (Mark 1:34, page 1559). When patients visit their doctors today, doctors have to diagnose your disease from an array of more than five thousand diseases. Jesus knew every disease, and His power worked on all of them. Lepers, paralytics, hands, legs, eyes, ears, and every part of the human body He knew completely as God. He made the body, and understands it at the sub-atomic level. His power heals all diseases and everyone in town had a great day that day. We should never underestimate the power of Jesus to heal. He does not have to use the gift of healing in a man to heal anyone today. He can still do it directly, through His power.
Jesus Cast out Many Demons. Did you notice that this town had many demons living in people of that town? Many demons. Today, we never really year much about demons, but they still fight against believers every day and control people all the time. Jesus cast those many demons out by His power, and we should be careful to wear the full armor of God every day (Ephesians 6:10-17, page 1834; Romans 13:12, page 1777).
Jesus Did Not Permit Them To Speak. Jesus did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him (Mark 1:34, page 1559). As we have seen before, Jesus was very careful to silence the demons, because they would identify Him as the Son of God to the crowd. Jesus did not intend that demons should speak of Him, because they were known liars, and servants of the father of lies (John 8:44, page 1672). Jesus would choose His own words and appoint His own men and women to spread the good news of salvation, but satan and his minions had no part in the truth or in Jesus and His ministry.
So we learn more about service to demons and disease today.
● Jesus healed diseases, but cast out demons. They were not the same problem, and no one should ever confuse them.
● Jesus had an entire city show up for healing and exorcism.
● Jesus cast out demons, but never permitted them to speak, because they knew Him.
Application for Today
As I walk through life today, I may see people with diseases and demons. Jesus can take care of both of those issues, but I need to bring people with those problems to Jesus, for His divine help. Will you be bringing people to Jesus for His help today?