March 15 – The Gospel of Matthew – Chapter 8

Read Matthew 8:1-17

It wasn’t just a good day for Jesus. It was His life. The humble, compassionate tender-hearted power that Jesus gave to everyone who’d have Him could do nothing less than show itself true through every encounter He directed.

This was a day full of healing. Jesus’ touch. Jesus’ word. No matter the method, He healed people who needed wholeness.

“He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases (v17).”

The healing, the life-giving — this is why Jesus Christ left heaven’s comfort. He is the very Creator of each person who saw Him, heard Him, followed Him that day. Jesus stepped off His perfect and glorious throne in heaven and onto the broken and hurting earth so He Himself (could take their) weaknesses and carry (their) diseases. So He could take our weaknesses and heal our diseases.

When the man with that terrible skin disease, who hadn’t been touched in who knows how long, stepped forward and asked, Jesus took away his disease with a tender touch of love-come-down.

And when the Roman soldier, whose servant lay dying as he stood believing, approached Jesus, He Himself carried away the man’s weakness with the breath of His word. Literally. Jesus Christ spoke healing for that man’s servant. And the servant was well.

His transformation went from faith to fullness in the amount of time it took for Jesus to say

“Go; let it be done for you as you have believed (v13).”

A faith Jesus hadn’t yet seen showed Him to be the all-powerful Creator that He is. Healer of the broken. Breath of life.

The centurion’s was a faith that leads me to marvel at Jesus’ power, the breath of His Word, the power of His being. I wonder about my faith. I wonder about yours. Does it display the nature of God and show off who He is? What does our faith show others about Jesus? What step of faith can you take today that might lead others to see the wonder and might of Jesus Christ? Ask Him to show you your next step of faith. Then trust Him and take it. And watch Him work through your faith.

Bria Wasson

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