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Matthew 8 - Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith

March 10, 2023 Michael Metcalf Season 40 Episode 8
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Matthew 8 - Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith
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Matthew 8 - Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith

8 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. 2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

-        Remember Jesus had been up on the mountain (away from the crowds) to spend time with the Father in prayer.

-        His disciples joined Him and He taught them valuable lessons

o   Mat Chapter 5 – the beatitudes 

§  To be salt & light

§  To love your enemies

§  To live a higher standard (Christian values)

o   Mat Chapter 6 – giving to the poor and pray

§  Be careful not give or pray to be seen

§  How to pray

§  Fasting for God in private

§  You cannot serve God and Wealth (you must choose)

o   Mat Chapter 7 – Don’t judge others

§  You will be judges by the same measure you judge

§  The golden rule (treat everyone as you would want to be treated)

§  Everyone who asks, seeks, knocks gets a good response by faith

§  The narrow and wide gate (you must choose one)

§  How to tell a good tree from a bad one (measure the fruit)

§  Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will get into heaven

·       Only those who do the will of the Father (obedience)

§  Build your life on the rock not on the sand

·       Because the storms will come

-        These are foundational lessons that disciples must learn and apply in their life

-        Now Jesus comes down mountain to start ministering to others

-        Large crowds followed Him because He did miracle after miracle in their sight

-        A leper came and bowed down before Him

o   This is the position of reference and respect (humility)

-        He said “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean”

o   This was a declaration of the leper’s faith in Jesus the Son of God

o   Remember everyone who asks, believing receives!

-        Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him saying I am willing; be cleansed

o   And immediately his leprosy was cleansed

o   No other man would touch leper because its contagious

o   Jesus touched him and healed him because of the lepers faith!

 4 And Jesus *said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

-        Jesus didn’t want too much attention drawn to Himself because it was not time yet

-        But Jesus wanted the leper to show himself to the priests

5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7 Jesus *said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

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