Coming to the Sufficient Christ | Mark 1:32–34
“That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.”
Our new day starts at midnight, but the Jewish culture marked it at sunset. In this case, the evening marks the end of this long Sabbath day, but there’s still no rest for the Lord. The news of the healing had went through the area (v. 28), so now that the Sabbath had ended, the people now come carrying their infirmed.
Maybe coming in intervals, “the whole city was gathered.” This means that Jesus eliminated sickness in Capernaum that night! If someone truly healed like Jesus today, he would empty hospitals. It’s amazing to see the Great Physician destroying every kind of disease, especially knowing He can do the same with sin and death.
It’s also amazing to think so many Jews in this community would suffer with demonic oppression. Perhaps this includes Gentiles. Perhaps it also means that Satan, knowing the time of the Messiah’s arrival approached, increased demonization to keep people deceived and blinded to the gospel (cf. 2 Cor 4:4). Whatever the case, Jesus heals all and sets all free.
Still, why silence the demons? Jesus also did so in the earlier exorcism (1:21–28). Evil spirits would naturally know some spiritual truth (cf. Js 2:19), but Jesus doesn’t want or need free press from demons. He certainly doesn’t want people listening to demons on any matter, because they need to come to Him for God’s truth that He will reveal it when the time is right. God has always progressively unveiled revelation about what He is doing—Jesus’s actions are following a preordained timeline.
Don’t look elsewhere for truth; trust in the sufficiency of Scripture. One cannot divide Christ from Scripture. Don’t seek fortune tellers, horoscopes, or those who talk to the dead—all which God forbade (Dt 18:10–12). Don’t place your trust in the words of men. Seek the only trustworthy source of truth, and learn patience for questions which will be answered soon enough.