Matthew 8

Matthew 8 has Jesus really coming alive in His ministry of healing.  First He deals with a man with leprocy, followed by a Centurion who had a servant who was on his deathbed some ways away.  Both of these people show how they received the healing power of Jesus.  They ask, with faith, and believe:

  • Lord, if you will, you can make me clean
  • Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but  only say the word, and my servant will be healed”

Both men recognize that Jesus is Lord, has the power, and believe He will heal them or their servant.  Faith is the trigger.  In the centurion’s case, the healing happens exactly at the moment of faith.  “Let it be done for you as you have believedAnd the servant was healed at that very moment”.

Jesus continues healing those who came to Him and were sick.  He also begins to round out the group that will become disciples.  As they see His power at work in people, some come and want to join Him as followers.  But they have excuses and haven’t counted the costs.  So He makes clear what it really means to be a follower.  You can’t be distracted by the things happening in life or have expectations of luxury or ease.  Being a Christ Follower means we prioritize that above all else.  We follow Jesus first, at all costs, with full effort.

He loads up His disciples and they head onto a boat to go across the sea.  He falls asleep, but “there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves”.  They’ve just watched Jesus heal people from all sorts of diseases, and their immediate reaction to some rough weather was fear.  So “they went and woke him, saying,  Save us, Lord; we are perishing”.  Not much faith demonstrated there.  Jesus gets up and questions them.  “Why are you  afraid, O you of little faith”?  And He proved immediately why they shouldn’t react that way as “he rose and  rebuked the winds and the sea, and  there was a great calm”.  With Jesus we may feel like things are out of control, but they never are.

They arrive on the other side and are met by two men possessed by demons that were rather extreme.  They know who Jesus is and what power He has so they beg not to be cast out of the men but rather allowed to enter a herd of pigs.  Jesus allows it and “they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters”.  Jesus still has control and used His ability to heal and set these two possessed gents free.  The guys watching the hogs run and report what they have seen.  Guess what happens?  “All the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region”. Seems like a poor response to hearing of the power of Christ to change lives that have been possessed for some time.  Yet that’s how many react to Him.  If we want to follow, we have to trust and obey!

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