1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
<b>The mountain upon which He had preached the message in (Mat 5:1.)</b>
2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
<b>This sufferer of leprosy believed that Jesus could heal him, the only question in his mind was would he do it for him, our question is will He do it for us? God is both willing and able (1 Pet 2:24).</b>
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
<b>The answer came back 'I Will' it is in God's will to make us whole (Acts 9:34). Faith (Heb 11:1) calls from the spiritual God's will into the physical (Rom 4:17)</b>
4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
<b>Jesus gives ample opportunity for the priests to witness the power of God by instructing the man to obey the command of Moses by presenting a thanks offering (Lev 22:29)</b>
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
<b>A centurion was a professional soldier A captain of a hundred Roman soldiers</b>
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
<b>Jesus moved by this mans plea, Jesus responds 'I Will"</b>
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
<b>The man suffering leprosy, knew that Jesus could heal but wondered if he would. This man knows that he can heal, and also that Jesus does not have to be present, only His word needs to be given. </b>
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
<b>The centurion proceeds to outline how the word of God is activated, by faith, a command with authority. He gives an example that illustrates how he commands his own troups with words. Words of faith commanded, achieve the same result in the spirit realm. Jesus illustartaed this principle when He cast out the unclean spirit by words of commandment, the Word of God (Mark 1:25).</b>
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
<b>The centurion had such a grasp on the command principle. His illustration describes how the Word of God is used in the Kingdom of God as a command, faith is the carrier that brings from the unseen, the spirit realm into the seen realm. His grasp of this principle of faith, causes Jesus to marvel. </b>
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
<b>Jesus explains that the faith shown by this centurion will soon be echoed in great numbers and that in a short time, the Gospel would be preached to all nations.</b>
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
<b>How can a person be a part of the Kingdom of Gods system, if they are not prepared to enter in. Whoever rejects Christ cannot enter into this type of commandment of faith, it is by the faith of Christ that we become partakers of kingdom of God principles.</b>
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
<b>An important principle here, Jesus does not command the servant to be healed, or lay hands on him. Jesus says 'as you have believed' or as you have stated, or as you have said, so let it be done and it was done. Jesus states for the first time, what I am doing you can do also, standing in me, in my authority, what you have said is an extension of I AM. (Mark 11:24)</b>
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
<b>Peter is not yet ready to enter into the centurion kind of faith and pray for his wife's mother, but he soon will be (Acts 9:34)</b>
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
<b>Luke 4:38-39 gives more insight into this healing, Jesus rebukes the fever with his Word. But interesting, the fever left her, implying that she was a well person visited by a fever. By His stripes we were healed past tense. We are already healed (1 Pet 2:24).</b>
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
<b>Jesus casts or commands them out with His Word. Jesus demonstrates operating in the Kingdom of God way of doing.</b>
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
<b>A reference to Is 53:4 confirms that Jesus is about to and has borne our sicknesses</b>
18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
<b>This was not to be a performance of healing, Jesus is on a mission, to teach mankind how to become fishers of men, in the Kingdom of God.</b>
19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
<b>This looked like a good time to side with a miracle worker, which could promise a scribe a life of much ease, honour, and wealth.</b>
20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
<b>Jesus implies if you follow me first count the cost, it may not be the comfortable life you envisage.</b>
21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
<b>When God calls, leave the business of the world to them who are dead to God.</b>
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
<b>God never sleeps nor slumbers (Ps 121:4) but Jesus sleeps. Jesus emptied Himself of God and took upon himself the form of a man (Phil 2:6-7) and as a man slept. But unlike frail man slept during a raging storm.</b>
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
<b>The disciples had just witnessed amazing miracles and yet they feared they would perish.</b>
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
<b>They had witnessed the centurion saying give the word only and yet they had not yet learnt how to walk in the Kingdom of God. Jesus immediately speaks to the winds and sea, in the same way he had spoken to the fever and now came the same result, both left.</b>
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
<b>Hard to believe what the mind cannot comprehend. When God created the sea (Gen 1:9) He saw it was good. Jesus speaks to return what is angry and tempestuous to call forth what is good, calm. He commanded the angry sea to be gone as he commanded the fever to be gone. The disciples could only comprehend what was in their mind, which was 'no man can do this, it's impossible' .</b>
28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
<b>Here we have an instance where the devils know exactly who Jesus is, the Son of God, but to the disciples mind, at that time, he was just another man (Jam 2:19).</b>
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
<b>They deceptively seem as if they are asking permission, probably thinking they can later still possess someone else. They needed a physical body to manifest, so the hogs were the next best thing (Luke 11:24-25).</b>
32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
<b>Jesus perceived their plan and saw to it that they perished. (1 John 3:8).</b>
33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.
34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
<b>On witnessing such an extraordinary person, they were becoming unnerved and perhaps terrified at what was happening, so they turn from thronging him to requesting him to leave.</b>