This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read a passage I labeled “Miracles, Miracles, Miracles!” (Matthew 8:1-17) What a faith building passage! What a reinforcement of faith and the confidence that nothing is impossible with God! What a testimony to the reality that the “already” aspect of the “Kingdom of Heaven” has broken into time and space with the coming of Jesus Christ! (The future aspect of that Kingdom awaits His return – His “2nd coming.”)
First, Jesus hears a leper’s plea and responds, reaches out, and at the risk of defiling Himself, touches the “unclean one” (and instead of it making Him ceremonially unclean) cleanses the man of leprosy – what was considered at that time an “incurable disease”!!! (Vss. 1-4)
Next, Jesus responds to a Roman Centurion’s plea for a valued servant, offers to come and heal him, but expresses wonderful faith in his comments about “authority” – “Only say the word and my servant will be healed!”…. Jesus’s responds to the powerful expression of the Centurions faith and says, “Go, let it be done as you have believed! And the servant was healed at that very moment!” (Vss. 5-13)
Finally, Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law… He simply touches her hand and she is immediately healed!
The result? That evening “they brought to Him many who were oppressed by demons and HE CAST OUT THE SPIRITS WITH A WORD AND HEALED ALL WHO WERE SICK! Matthew then makes this observation: “This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases!'” (quotation from the prophet Isaiah 53:4) (Vss. 14-17)
HEAR ME, THAT’S WHO JESUS IS – THAT’S WHAT HE’S LIKE – THAT’S WHAT HE CAN DO!!! … And the “Resurrected Christ” is still doing miraculous things like this today!!! Trust Him!