PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 8:14-17
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.” (Matthew 8:16)
In Genesis 1-2, humans rule creation with, like and for God, and it is ‘very good’.
But in Genesis 3 humans surrender to Satan’s lies, and become his subjects.
They are oppressed and possessed by evil, and their lives are cursed.
The ‘demon-possessed’ are those whose lives have become controlled by Satan’s lies.
The result is sickness, suffering, isolation, shame, misery, pain, and ultimately death.
We all experience it in some way, but for some it becomes debilitating and destructive.
Here Jesus is reversing the curse and relieving the consequences of the curse.
“With a word” Jesus brings order out of chaos, life out of death, like God in Genesis 1.
These are signs, meant to show us Who Jesus is, and to increase our faith.
Despite what we see in the world, Jesus is in charge, and we reign with Him.
We do not need to surrender to sickness, or suffering, or Satan’s lies.
We still experience them, but Jesus takes up and bears them with us, like us, for us!
When Satan attacks me with lies and hardships, I can reply “with a word”, Jesus reigns!
And then wait for how the Lord will work out His help and healing in my life.
Lord, saying this “with a word” is easier said than done. Help me to make a habit of it, even when I do not feel it. And give me eyes to see it when it is hard to see!