4:23-25 Wherever Christ went, he confirmed his Divine mission by miracles, which were emblems of the healing power of his doctrine, and the influences of the Spirit which accompanied it. We do not now find the Saviour's miraculous healing power in our bodies; but if we are cured by medicine, the praise is equally his. Three general words are here used. He healed every sickness or disease; none was too bad; none too hard, for Christ to heal with a word. Three diseases are named; the palsy, which is the greatest weakness of the body; lunacy, which is the greatest malady of the mind; and possession of the devil, which is the greatest misery and calamity of both; yet Christ healed all, and by thus curing bodily diseases, showed that his great errand into the world was to cure spiritual maladies. Sin is the sickness, disease, and torment of the soul: Christ came to take away sin, and so to heal the soul.
24. And his fame went throughout all Syria—reaching first to the part of it adjacent to Galilee, called Syro-Ph�nicia (Mr 7:26), and thence extending far and wide.
and they brought unto him all sick people—all that were ailing or unwell. Those
that were taken—for this is a distinct class, not an explanation of the "unwell" class, as our translators understood it.
with divers diseases and torments—that is, acute disorders.
and those which were possessed with devils—that were demonized or possessed with demons.
and those which were lunatic—moon-struck.
and those that had the palsy—paralytics, a word not naturalized when our version was made.
and he healed them—These healings were at once His credentials and illustrations of "the glad tidings" which He proclaimed. After reading this account of our Lord's first preaching tour, can we wonder at what follows?