Jesus heals a demon possessed man who was brought to Him blind and mute. We see the spiritual parallel between this man and all of us as we are born into this world. Then we consider the role of miracles in demonstrating that Jesus is the Christ and authenticating His words as being from God.

The people were amazed at this miracle but were in two minds about whether to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ. Even the Pharisees could not deny that Jesus had healed this blind and mute man. So their hardened hearts sought another explanation than that Jesus is the Messiah - they claimed He did His work in the power of the Devil. Jesus produces two arguments to show that this could not be so and His words contain an implicit warning to the Pharisees concerning the outcome of their hypocrisy.

Believers should rejoice at the picture of their deliverance given in this passage. Here is Christ the conqueror, come to tear down the kingdom of the Devil and to set captives free!

Unbelievers are challenged by this to realize their need to be healed by Jesus as this man was - and His ability to heal them based on the Gospel accounts.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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