Archive for May 19th, 2017

Matthew 9

Matthew 9 has Jesus continuing some impressive things in His public ministry.  He certainly is no longer under the radar.  “Some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven”.  The religious leaders challenged Jesus for what He was saying and doing, but rather than back down, Jesus tells the paralytic to “Rise, pick up your bed and go home”.  Faith healed this man, but it wasn’t his faith, but that of those who brought him to Jesus.  We can learn much about the power of faith to impact others through this story.

Jesus continues to select His disciples and selects Matthew, a tax collector who was “sitting at the tax booth”.  Jesus asks Matthew to follow Him, and he rose and came along.  “As Jesus reclined at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples”.  They were enjoying a nice meal together, but the religious leaders were still on the rampage about Jesus.  He was getting too close to their turf.  “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners”?  They were looking for anything to discredit Him.  But Jesus has the answer: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners”.

Jesus deals with a couple other faith situations.  First a woman who had a long time disorder comes to Him and says she knows he can make her whole.  Jesus responds with healing based on her faith – “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you wellAnd instantly the woman was made well”.  There was no waiting, no lag time, just faith that turned into healing.  There also was the man whose daughter was ill who came and asked Jesus to come heal her.  When He arrived, He was told she was dead.  But Jesus tells them to “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping. And they laughed at him”.  But Jesus gets the last laugh as “he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose”.

There was yet another incident where two blind men come asking Jesus to heal them.  When they said they believed He could, He said “According to your faith be it done to you”.  Jesus ministry was all about caring for people.  “When he saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”.  Jesus loves all of us.  His power wasn’t limited to those who were alive while He walked the earth.  His power is equally as strong today, and faith is still the key to activating it in our lives!

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