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MESSAGE FOR 06-19-21
MATTHEW CHAPTER EIGHT – JESUS CHRIST CLEANSES THE LEPER, HEALS THE SICK, STILLS THE STORM, CASTS OUT DEVILS!
We continue in the gospels with the account of JESUS CHRIST concluding His powerful teaching in the mountain place and descends, with the multitudes following Him. A leper who desired to encounter LORD JESUS and believed that He could heal him, approached JESUS, as we read in verse two. Matthew 8:2 And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
This man had faith and believed on JESUS CHRIST by making his petition known to Him and was cleansed immediately! JESUS instructed this man to not tell anyone so people were drawn to Him on their own and not because of this man’s testimony. JESUS then directed this man to show himself to the priest and offer a gift according to the law as a testimony against them. It is important to remember that until JESUS CHRIST died on the cross for the sins of the whole world that only the Jews could receive atonement for their sins; therefore, JESUS was witnessing to only the Jews during this time, Himself being a part of this genealogy line in order to fulfill the Divine Plan of ALMIGHTY GOD. The law was still in effect and JESUS directed this man to go to the priest (the only true priests are from the Jewish tribe of Levi) and show himself to be cleansed to bring glory to ALMIGHTY GOD and to reveal to the legalistic Jewish sects who denied JESUS CHRIST the power of The LORD GOD. AMEN!
LORD JESUS then journeys to Capernaum, a fishing village on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee and encountered a centurion. This man was a Roman, a Gentile, who believed on JESUS CHRIST and had faith that just by speaking the word that his servant would be healed. In Matthew 8:10 JESUS CHRIST STATES: When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel. LORD JESUS remarked at the faith of this man who was considered a Gentile and compared it to the many Jews who rejected Him. Now that JESUS CHRIST shed His blood, died on the cross, and arose from the dead on the third day, we are all free to come to Him through faith, repentance, and turning from our old ways in order to serve JESUS CHRIST alone. LORD JESUS healed the servant of the centurion that same day. He healed the servant through His powerful words!
Romans 3:29-30 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision by faith.
AMEN, so it is all about faith and obedience when we serve LORD JESUS CHRIST. It does not matter what a person’s background would be and whether they are considered Jew or Gentile. We continue with the account of JESUS healing the mother-in-law of the apostle Peter by touching her hand, and her fever left her. This is just another example of the lies that are spread through the cult of catholicism who forbid their fake priests to marry and they have the audacity to state their apostate “church” was founded by Peter. LIARS! LIARS! LIARS!
We then read the account of JESUS CHRIST casting out devils with His word (WITH HIS WORD) and healing all those that were brought to him that were sick. We know that JESUS CHRIST is the Word Made Flesh who dwelt among us and the Word of GOD is alive. In the book of Hebrews 4:12 GOD’S WORD STATES: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. JESUS CHRIST healed everyone all that were sick because He alone took our infirmities upon Himself and bore our sicknesses. In the book of Isaiah 53:4 GOD’S WORD STATES: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Now with the multitudes gathering about Him, JESUS gave commandment to depart to the other side of the Sea and a certain scribe addressed Him as Master and stated that he would follow Him wherever He went. In the book of Matthew 8:20 JESUS CHRIST REPLIES: And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. JESUS CHRIST did not have a dwelling place when He walked this earth. He was humbled and focused on giving glory to The FATHER. Think about this Scripture the next time you hear the apostate pastors bragging about their fancy mansions and worldly riches. They are focused on themselves and not lifting up MASTER JESUS CHRIST and if you support these wolves in sheep’s clothing, you are just as guilty as they are because you have freely chosen to idolize them instead of truly server JESUS CHRIST!
Another man who followed JESUS was aware that He was embarking onto the ship to cross over the water and asked Him if he could first go and bury his father. We read in verse twenty-two: But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. LORD JESUS is saying that if we desire to truly follow Him that we should not be concerned about worldly matters and to leave those things to the people who desire to stay as part of the world. AMEN!
Now LORD JESUS and His disciples enter into the ship and then JESUS falls asleep. A great tempest arose in the sea and the ship was covered with waves and of course the men were frightened. But JESUS was sleeping throughout all of the commotion because of the Perfect Peace of ALMIGHTY GOD! This reminds me that when we abide in JESUS CHRIST that we also are filled with this perfect peace and are equipped through Him to weather all of the storms in our lives, whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual. Now the men awoke JESUS as we read in verse twenty-five: And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And LORD JESUS responds in verse twenty-six: And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. These men were frightened that they would perish and they called upon the Name of The LORD, just as we all should be doing if we desire to be saved. The men marvelled when they realized that the winds and the sea obeyed JESUS CHRIST. They are witnessing the most powerful ministry unfold right before them and know that JESUS is not just a mere man.
Now they disembark on the other side into the country of Gergesa (Gadara in the books of Mark 5 and Luke 8 which are all the same account with The HOLY GHOST inspired accounts provided by each of them according to the will of ALMIGHTY GOD). AMEN! This area is on the Eastern shore of Galilee and Gergesa and Gadara are close to one another on the map, so they are considered neighboring areas. LORD JESUS encounters two possessed with devils who were living in the tombs and were exceedingly fierce so no one could pass by that way. These two were living in the tombs because they were spiritually dead, filled with demons. How did this happen? No one can be possessed unless they invite demonic activity into their lives. Just as back then, so it goes on today with many people invite darkness into their lives by watching horror flicks, celebrating halloween, playing games like dungeons and dragons, reading Harry Potter books, etcetera. Most people laugh and believe that this is nothing but harmless entertainment. It is important to be discerning in ALL matters of your life and if you are a parent with your children’s lives as well. Take this to The LORD GOD in prayer and He will reveal the truth to you if you have the desire to know the truth and not to mock The LORD GOD.
The devils knew that JESUS CHRIST would cast them out of the two men living in the tombs so they besought that He would allow them to go into a herd of swine ( in this same account in Mark and Luke we read that there were about two-thousand swine). All LORD JESUS did was give the command “GO” and the devils departed into the swine because Satan and all the devils which are the one-third of angels that were cast out of heaven with Satan (then Lucifer) must obey the command of ALMIGHTY GOD. Once the devils inhabited the swine, they all ran violently down the hill and perished in the sea. Now those that kept the swine witnessed this powerful event and could you just imagine what they must have been thinking? They went into the city and reported all of this to the residents. Then the whole city came out to meet JESUS CHRIST, not to worship Him, but to request that He depart from their coasts. They did not realize what a mistake they were making, but were focused on worldly fear because they had never seen or heard of anyone being delivered from demonic possession. With faith in LORD JESUS CHRIST alone ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
MAY THE LORD GOD CONTINUE TO RICHLY BLESS YOU!
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