Matthew 9:1-8 (Mark 2:1-13)
The most distinctive message of Christianity is the reality that sin can be forgiven.
That is the heart and lifeblood of the gospel, that men can be freed from Sin and its consequences.
The Christian faith has many truths, values, and virtues, each of which has countless applications in the lives of believers.
But its supreme, overarching good news is that sinful man can be fully cleansed and brought into eternal fellowship with holy God.
That is the message of Matthew 9:1-8.
Matthew’s arrangement and presentation of the three sets of miracles in chapters 8 and 9 show progressive developments in revealing Jesus’ credentials as the divine Messiah.
First we see Him heal a leper with the touch of His hand (8:3), heal a centurion’s servant without having seen the afflicted person (8:13), and then heal Peter’s mother-in-law of a serious fever (8:15).
Next He went beyond physical afflictions and demonstrated His authority and power over the spiritual kingdom of Satan by casting out many demons with a word (8:16), by demonstrating His power over the great natural forces by stilling the storm on Galilee (8:26), and by again demonstrating His authority over Satan by casting out a legion of demons from two possessed men of Gadara (8:32).
In the first of the last three miracles in these two chapters Jesus ascends still higher in the drama of supernatural acts as He deals with sin, the root of all man’s physical and spiritual troubles and misery as well as the cause of his separation from his Creator.
Christ Jesus demonstrates His power to remove the pollution and guilt of sin in those who trust in Him.
The Great Physician not only can heal the sick, still the storm, and cast out demons, but can bring to the human soul the thing that it needs most: forgiveness of sin.
The events and teachings of Matthew 9:1-8 and its parallel in Mark 2 set forth this truth.
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