Miracles Begin {Matthew 8:5-13}

10:00 AM

In the first four chapters of Matthew, we have been introduced to the person of the King, then chapters 5-7 present the principles of the King (beginning with the beatitudes). Now chapters 8-9 we'll study a series of miracles Jesus performed (10 in these chapters) as "His credentials".

We must remember that miracles are not the only proof a man has been sent by God. 

Unfortunately people here where I live in Africa get very deceived by anyone who "claims" being a man of God and "performs" all sorts of miracles.

We must remember that miracles can also be performed by satan (2 Thess. 2:). How should we  recognise that indeed they're being performed by a man sent by God?  by his character and godly conduct.

Lessons we can learn from these miracles:

1. Man with Leprosy

Leprosy was a very terrifying incurable disease of that time. If a person was sick, a priest had to declare him a leper and send him to live in a community with other infected people until he either got better or died.

This particular leper begged Jesus to heal Him. The leper asked Jesus "if He was willing to heal Him". He did not doubt of His ability but of His willingness. Jesus answered "I am willing". For me is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is ALWAYS willing. He's always willing to bless us, to heal us.

He wants us well, healed and whole. It's HIS WILL.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? - Matthew 7:9
As leprosy, sin is also an incurable disease that we all have! (Illustrated in Isa.1:5-6)

Sin is deeper than the skin (Lev.13:3), It spreads (Lev. 13:8), It defiles and Isolates (Lev.13:45-46) and it is fit only for the fire...and just as Jesus was willing to clean the man from leprosy, Jesus desires to save us:

This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. - 1 Tim 2:3-4

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.-1 Peter 3:9

2. The Roman Officer

This Roman man was an officer over one hundred men in the Roman Army. The fact that we has concerned about a lowly servant-boy tells us he was a gentleman and a man with high character and sense of duty who didn't allow pride, doubt, money, language, distance, time, self-sufficiency, power nor race to between him and Jesus,

The faith of this man marveled Jesus, here was a hated Gentile who put to shame many of the great Jewish religious leaders.

If this man didn't hesitate in asking for a miracle, if he didn't allow anything or anyone come between Him and Jesus, what keep us from Christ?

3. Peter's Mother-in-law

Along with His compassion and credentials: Jesus' miracles prove how much He cares for whole well being. As much as He cares for our spirit and salvation, He does care for the state of our soul and bodies.

Though this seems like a "minor miracle", there are two things we can pick.

Women didn't hold a high position an Israel, yet Jesus, only with a touch, healed her...why? the change in one woman's life can lead to miracles in the lives of many other people. Blessing a home leads to blessing in the community.

4. Demon possessed men

These men were robbed their sanity and self-control by satan whom filled them with fear and isolated them from friends and society in general. Jesus came to restore the peace in the community. He came to deliver them from the -internal and external - bondage and battle.

He delivered them by the power of HIS WORD.

He can still do the same today. He's the same yesterday, today and forever.

With all these cases Jesus prove His love and care towards the outcasts. Setting an example to the Jews, as lepers, gentiles and women were rejected by them, specially Pharisees. Setting an example for us to reach for those whom society reject...to show grace, love and care for those whom society consider "the least"...no such a definition in God's eyes.

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