In chapter 8 by healing the leper, the Centurion’s servant, and Peter’s mother-in-law – Jesus shows his power over sickness. When Jesus calms the storm that He and some of his disciples are in at sea – He is showing His power over the natural or created world. Then in the last part of the chapter we see Jesus cast out demons from the 2 men in the country of the Gadarenes – which shows His power over the supernatural. Only God has power over sickness, the natural and the supernatural, therefore Jesus was proving that He was God in the flesh. After Jesus healed the leper, the Centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law, He challenged the commitment to follow Him of those who were around Him. He did so, by testing whether their commitment to follow Him was greater than their own personal comfort (v. 20) or their ties to their own families and their earthly inheritance (v. 22). If a person truly believes that Jesus is God in the flesh and has power over everything, then following Him above all else is the natural response. Lord, thank You for showing me that Jesus is God the Son and has power over everything, therefore Jesus alone is to be followed. By Your grace enable me to follow Jesus in such a way that you alone will be glorified.
– Bryan McKenzie