Human authority is an interesting thing, isn’t it? It’s easily attained and easily lost. Jesus’ authority contrasts significantly with human authority. In this passage, we see a Savior with authority over sickness, over Satan, and ultimately over sin. When Jesus healed the sick man, the miracle validated Jesus as the Messiah, demonstrated God’s love for us, proved God’s opposition to sin, revealed Jesus’ authority, and foreshadowed God’s coming Kingdom.