Saturday, April 29
In Matthew 8 and 9 I notice two themes:
- Healing of the sick
- Jesus’ authority established
In these two chapters he healed one person after another, a woman bleeding, a dead girl, blind men, a paralyzed man, the list goes on and on. His healing did two things:
- Helped establish and recognize his God given authority
- Show that he can heal our physical human needs but also our spiritual needs, the forgiveness of sin
In Matthew 9:2-8 we read about a paralyzed man who had both physical and spiritual healing given to him by Jesus.
2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” 7 And he got up and went home. 8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
Jesus’ authority was God given and proven through his ability to heal. He makes it clear though, he isn’t here just to heal the physical needs of the people but the spiritual ones as well.
(Photo Credit: http://crosstownfamily.org/sermons/the-authority-to-forgive/)