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Over the Elements

Jesus heals usGod's power was clearly apparent to the disciples in the miracles over natural forces that Jesus performed during his ministry. In Mark 4.39 we read that when Jesus was aboard the ship on the Sea of Galilee and a storm arose, "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." Here Jesus controlled the weather, or as we might say nowadays "mother nature". The story of the water turned to wine in John 2.13 again exhibits Jesus' creative hand in turning one liquid, "water," into something entirely different, "wine." We read "and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, 'Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.'" Jesus proved his deity by not only controlling the natural elements but also by physically healing a lame man. Only a powerful spiritual force could heal but Jesus' word in John 5.8-9 was enough. "Jesus said to him, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." Jesus showed that he had control over the medical sphere which is the province of God alone.✞

Over Evil Spirits

Jesus PowerJesus healed the sick and also cast out a demon spirit in Mark 1.25-26, "'Be quiet!' said Jesus sternly. 'Come out of him!' The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek." In this way, Jesus not only healed the paralytic man but also authenticated his person as God who alone can forgive sins and in this way shared his credentials! Note the particularly unusual words that Jesus used on this occasion in Matthew 9.2. "Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, 'Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.'" Jesus forgave sins thus showing that he had God's spiritual authority to forgive sins. This was one of the aspects of Jesus' ministry most objectionable to the Pharisees. As the One Almighty God, Jesus even has final victory over death.✞

"Jesus Christ's Control"
by Ron Meacock

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