Jesus confines himself in a house in chapter 2. Everyone is there to be healed.
Jesus mission though is about something quite different than physical healing.
People today are so fixated on what the church can do physically. Most people think the church's primary mission is to feed the poor. Jesus is saying there is something much bigger at stake - the kingdom is at hand.
Now, He does care about people and He is compassionate. But he's more interested in expanding their understanding of why He is REALLY here. “Let us go on to the next town that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out,” He says. He was after spiritual healing.
Notice what he says to the paralytic when he’s lowered down through the roof. Not rise and walk. No. He says your sins are forgiven. That was His purpose, even though He did a lot of healing.
The gospel is about something much more vital than physical problems, or social issues. The world will always have problems and many people feel the church should be playing a greater role in solving those. Just like Jesus, that is not our primary purpose.
The healings of Jesus really emphasize the importance of the message He is preaching. The healings indicate not only the power of His Word but also His authority, which he demonstrates in two ways:
1. His authority over the physical world. He is setting up a new power structure. The phrase Son of Man is used a lot to describe Jesus. He is dictating law and is doing so because it is His kingdom.
2. But he is also resetting the power structure of the unseen world. Jesus is binding Satan and casting him out. When he comes into the presence of demons they want nothing to do with Him. He is reshaping the way authority works. He is helping people to see what God has wanted them to see all along.
1. It is good to question our assumptions, to test our beliefs against the Word of God. When we hear things we may not want to hear, let’s take a step back and be sure we know why we believe what we do. It requires humility.
2. People will find some way to justify the things they want. Think of all of the things prevalent in our culture today, gay marriage, relative truth.... that people will justify. We need to be sure that doesn’t happen to us.