Such Great Faith
Linda A. Wingfield
Matthew 8 (Amplified)
1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him,
2 and a leper came up to Him and bowed down before Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you are able to make me clean (well).”
3 Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed,
4 and Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one [about this]; but go, show yourself to the priest [for inspection] and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony (evidence) to them [of your healing].”
NOTE: Jesus hadn’t yet been been crucified, hadn’t risen, and hadn’t presented Himself back to the Father. The people were still under the Law and the Commandments. When Jesus HAD done all of those things, He FULFILLED the Law and the Commandments. Today, we HAVE His touch, and Holy Spirit saying, “I am willing; be cleansed,” every moment of every day. IT IS DONE (Check out 1 Peter 2:24, for one).
The man who had had leprosy in this accounting, would not have been allowed back into society, just by the healing spoken by Jesus, who knew that. So Jesus, told the man not to stop and tell ANYONE what had happened, before he got the approval of the the priest.
When the Bible talks about our salvation–our “sozo” and our “iaomai”–our healing: spirit, soul, body, financially, and socially–it says, “Only believe.” This is tantamount to our RECEIVING the healing that has already been provided for us and to us, through the body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who is our HIGH PRIEST, today? Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and He reigns over us–a kingdom of kings and priests–as our HIGH PRIEST.
If we are healed by HIS power (which we are), then we have nowhere else to go, to present ourselves for approval. God, Himself–FATHER, SON, & HOLY SPIRIT)–has already given His approval. Period. He WANTS us to BELIEVE, walk in this, and stand, every moment of every day in what He has already done for His children.
Healing #2 (Such Great Faith)…
5 As Jesus went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him [for help],
6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, with intense and terrible, tormenting pain.”
7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 But the centurion replied to Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I also am a man subject to authority [of a higher rank], with soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following Him, “I tell you truthfully, I have not found such great faith [as this] with anyone in Israel.
11 I say to you that many [Gentiles] will come from east and west, and will sit down [to feast at the table, and enjoy God’s promises] with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven [because they accepted Me as Savior],
12 while the sons and heirs of the kingdom [the descendants of Abraham who will not recognize Me as Messiah] will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place [which is farthest removed from the kingdom] there will be weeping [in sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [in distress and anger].”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it will be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was restored to health at that very hour.
14 When Jesus went into Peter’s house [in Capernaum], He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
15 He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and served Him.
Healing #4 & Beyond…
16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons; and He cast out the evil spirits with a word, and restored to health all who were sick [exhibiting His authority as Messiah],
17 so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He Himself took our infirmities [upon Himself] and carried away our diseases.” [Isaiah 53]
18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to cast off for the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
19 Then [on His way to board the boat] a scribe [who was a respected and authoritative interpreter of the Law] came and said to Him, “Master, I will accompany You [as Your student] wherever You go.”
20 Jesus replied to him, “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father (collect my inheritance),”
22 but Jesus said to him, “Follow Me [believing in Me as Master and Teacher], and allow the [spiritually] dead to bury their own dead.”
23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him,
24 and suddenly a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus was sleeping,
25 and the disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we are going to die!”
26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once] a great and wonderful calm [a perfect peacefulness].
27 The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
28 When He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming out of the tombs met Him. They were so extremely fierce and violent that no one could pass by that way.
29 They screamed out, “What business do we have [in common] with each other, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time [of judgment]?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was grazing.
31 The demons began begging Him, “If You drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs,”
32 and He said to them, “Go!” So they came out [of the men] and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and died in the water.
33 The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the men under the power of demons,
34 and the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and as soon as they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.
NOTE: A question on which to dwell–WHY did they beg Him to leave? Think about it. Also reflect on the fact that still, today, when these types of healings are reported–being accomplished by God’s people who have been SENT OUT TO DO THESE THINGS AND MORE–there are people from the surrounding regions who do exactly the same thing. In this particular day and time, it’s more than that. Christians are being hushed up as much as possible.
If you ever present healing in the ways shown here, and more ways that the Bible explains, don’t be surprised if even your church tries to send you away, and…DON’T GIVE IN! Be the hands of God, here on Earth, and watch the increasing ways in which God Himself is getting involved with us, right here on Earth. We are in a wonderful, exciting time–right now–right in the midst of what the WORLD is doing, walking AWAY from God’s power (or trying to send HIM away, as shown above).
We were MADE to walk with God, IN SUCH GREAT FAITH!