DEVOTIONAL – JULY 5
SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF THE LORD
Leslie M. John
Matthew Chapter 8 records a series of miracles done by Lord Jesus Christ. In his own words Matthew says that the prophecy was fulfilled in the performance of miracles by Jesus. The healing Jesus brought about on the sick was not only on their physical condition but also on the spiritual condition.
As Isaiah prophesied in chapter 53 He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. Jesus was fully divine and fully man when He was on this earth. He was born Jew and His first ministry was primarily to His own people. However, His own rejected Him and salvation is given to gentiles. Nevertheless, the healings He brought on people as recorded in Matthew reveal to us some marvelous truths.
The first healing recorded in Matthew Chapter 8 was of healing the leper. According to Jewish law the touching of a leper is prohibited; but Jesus, who was divine, has gone beyond His earthly conditions and touched the leper and healed him. The second healing recorded in the same chapter was on the servant of gentile official. The third was on mother-in-law of His disciple, Peter.
The ways adopted by Jesus in healing the sick were different on different occasions. First it was touching the leper who was suffering from the loathsome disease considered as a sign of sin. The Jewish leper had no social and religious privileges and yet this leper was restored by the compassionate Lord Jesus. The leper was healed and restored based on his prayer and faith. According to Mosaic Law there were specific conditions to be fulfilled in cleansing a leper. However, Jesus, the Lord of all, touched him, healed him and said to him to go to the priest and offer the gift as Mosaic Law demanded in order that it may bear testimony to them.
In the second healing that the Lord brought on the servant of a gentile centurion the word of the Lord was sufficient to heal the servant who was at far distance from the scene where the Centurion was pleading with the Lord. The centurion had great faith and prayed to the Lord to say a word of healing and believed that the word of the Lord was powerful to heal his servant. According to his faith and prayer his request was granted by Lord Jesus Christ.
In the third healing that the Lord brought about was according to His own voluntary will that He exercised in touching the mother-in-law of Peter after seeing her and her condition. She was restored to her normal health and she got up immediately to serve Him and His disciples. It is not known whether or not Peter’s mother-in-law had faith or believed, and yet as the record bears witness the healing on her was performed at the behest of the will of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Later in the evening of the same day there were many unnamed and unnumbered sick that were brought to the Lord and He had compassion on all of them. There were those who were demon-possessed and there were those who were sick and the Scripture records that Jesus healed all that were sick. It is the sovereign will of God that prevailed and prevails and not as man would expect God to react to their prayers and expectations.
Submit to the Lord that He may exercise His will according to His purposes. In doing so, we will be blessed. God answers prayers. Have faith!
“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick” Matthew 8:16