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Healing Miracles of Christ

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Healing
In chapters 8-9 Matthew records 10 miracles. The first three miracles of healing are:
  1. The  leper healed - (v. 1-4),  After Jesus touched and healed the leper. He told him to go to the priest and offer the proper sacrifice for cleansing as Moses had prescribed (Lev. 14).  Jesus said this would be a testimony to the priests because in the entire history of Israel there was no record of any Israelite being healed from leprosy other than Miriam.
  2. The Centurion’s servant healed -  (v. 5-13). This was the request of a Roman centurion for the healing of a servant of his. When Jesus offered to go to him the centurion said that would not be necessary for all Christ would have to do was speak and the disease would obey Him.  Jesus marveled at this man’s great faith and healed his servant at that very hour.
  3. Peter’s mother-in-law  healed - (v. 14-17). When Jesus saw Peter’s mother-in law lying in bed sick with a fever he touched her and she was healed. She immediately got up from her bed and began waiting on the Lord and the many disciples who were with Him. Matthew saw this as a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4. He bore man’s sickness and infirmities during His ministry on earth and not on the cross. In other words to say that there is “healing in the atonement” and that every believer has the right to claim it, is to misinterpret Scripture.

Application

There is no way to know if and when some dread disease like cancer might strike my body and if so I am sure I would like for the Lord to heal me. However there is no greater healing than that which was Spiritual healing when I was saved over 50 years ago.

Matthew 8:1-17 (English Standard Version)

When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean." And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them." When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment. And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "He took our illnesses and bore our diseases."

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