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And[a] He having come down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

Because Jesus Is Willing And Able To Heal, He Heals a Man With Leprosy

And behold— a leper having come to Him was prostrating-himself before Him, saying, “Master, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me”. And having stretched-out His hand, He touched him, saying, “I am willing[b]. Be cleansed”. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus says to him, “See that you tell no one. But go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them”.

Because of a Master’s Faith, Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Servant Who Is Not Even Present

And He having entered into Capernaum, a centurion[c] came to Him, appealing-to Him and saying, “Master, my servant has been put in the house paralyzed, being terribly tormented”. And He says to him, “Having come, I will[d] cure him”. And having responded, the centurion said, “Master, I am not fit that You should come-in under my roof. But only speak it in a word[e] and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under myself. And I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it”. 10 Now having heard, Jesus marveled, and said to the ones following, “Truly I say to you, with no one in Israel did I find so-great a faith! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and will lie-back [to eat] with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens. 12 But the sons of [f] the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be the weeping and the grinding of teeth”. 13 And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go. Let it be done for you as you believed”. And his servant was healed at that hour.

The Healings Done By Jesus Fulfill What Was Predicted of Him In Isaiah

14 And Jesus, having come into the house of Peter, saw his mother-in-law having been put in bed, and being sick-with-fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose, and was serving Him. 16 And having become evening, they brought to Him many being demon-possessed. And He cast-out the spirits with a word and cured all the ones being ill, 17 so that the thing might be fulfilled having been spoken through Isaiah the prophet saying “He took our weaknesses[g], and carried our diseases” [Isa 53:4].

Jesus Calls His Followers To Set Aside Earthly Goals And Limitations

18 Now Jesus, having seen a crowd around Him, gave-orders to depart to the other side. 19 And having come to Him, one scribe said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go”. 20 And Jesus says to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the heaven have nests, but the Son of Man does not have[h] a place where He may lay His head”. 21 And another of His disciples said to Him, “Master, permit me first to go and bury[i] my father”. 22 But Jesus says to him, “Be following Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead”.

Even The Winds And Sea Obey Jesus

23 And He having gotten into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold— a great shaking took place in the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves. But He was sleeping. 25 And having gone to Him, they woke Him, saying, “Master, save us. We are perishing”. 26 And He says to them, “Why are you afraid, ones of-little-faith?” Then having arisen, He rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What kind of man is this One, that[j] even[k] the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Demons Recognize Jesus As The Son of God, And Submit To His Authority Over Them

28 And He having come to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two men being demon-possessed met Him, coming out of the tombs. They were very violent[l], so that no one was strong-enough to pass through that way. 29 And behold— they cried-out, saying, “What do we have to do with You[m], Son of God? Did You come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding far away from them. 31 And the demons were begging Him, saying, “If You are casting us out, send us out into the herd of pigs”. 32 And He said to them, “Go!” And the ones, having come out, went into the pigs. And behold— the whole herd rushed down the steep-bank into the sea and died in the waters. 33 And the ones feeding[n] them fled. And having gone into the city, they reported everything— even the things about the ones being demon-possessed. 34 And behold— the whole city came out to meet with Jesus. And having seen Him, they begged that He pass on from their districts.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 8:1 Matthew now turns to the miracles of the King, giving samples from various periods of Christ’s ministry.
  2. Matthew 8:3 Jesus alone heals in His own name, without calling upon God.
  3. Matthew 8:5 That is, a Roman commander of a hundred soldiers.
  4. Matthew 8:7 Having come, I will cure him. Or, Shall I, having come, cure him?
  5. Matthew 8:8 That is, a word of command.
  6. Matthew 8:12 That is, those who appeared to be destined to inherit the kingdom; the Jews.
  7. Matthew 8:17 Or, infirmities, sicknesses. Christ’s physical healings point to His identity as the One in Isa 53. This prophecy is ultimately fulfilled in His healing of our spiritual disease.
  8. Matthew 8:20 That is, Jesus is not going to an earthly home or destiny to which this man can follow Him.
  9. Matthew 8:21 This man’s father may have just died; or, he may mean ‘Let me fulfill my duty to my father. When he dies, I will follow You.’
  10. Matthew 8:27 Or because.
  11. Matthew 8:27 Or, both.
  12. Matthew 8:28 Or, troublesome.
  13. Matthew 8:29 Lit, What is there for us and for You?
  14. Matthew 8:33 Or, tending, grazing, driving to pasture.

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