Matthew 8:1-17.

Matthew is concerned with showing us how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. Matthew 5-7 shows Jesus as the great teacher/prophet that was predicted: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you—from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15). Matthew 8-9 shows Jesus as the great healer that was prophesied: “He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases” (Isaiah 53:4).

I think that it’s important to note that Jesus is fulfilling these roles during His earthly ministry to prove who He was/is. He is showing that He is the Messiah by His teaching and by His healing. But we need to understand that Jesus doesn’t heal every person he comes into contact with. Sometimes He leaves places where people are coming to see Him (Mark 1:38). Sometimes He chooses certain people to heal (John 5:6). Why is this important to note? Because there are some that say Jesus came so that we would be healed of all our physical issues if we just have enough faith.

In truth, sometimes God’s children are healed miraculously. Sometimes we’re healed another way. But not everyone is healed all of the time. And we see this illustrated by Paul: “Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me—so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

While the Isaiah 53:4 passage is used primarily to identify the Messiah by Matthew, it is applicable to us in two ways. First, we all have been healed spiritually. Jesus has healed us of our sins! 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.” And second, one day we will all be physically healed. We will have new bodies in a new kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. And we long for and look forward to that day!

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 “Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?'”

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