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Matthew 8: 1-17 Healing Scriptures
8 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 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.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
My thoughts: Matthew 8 is full of healings. In these short 17 verses, Jesus healed a leaper, the servant of the centurion, and the mother of Peter's wife. But that wasn't all. Jesus healed many that were possessed and sick. I believe it was so many, that they couldn't count them all! It's interesting to note the discussion with the centurion. Jesus was all set to go to his house, but the centurion said he wasn't worthy. He knew that once Jesus spoke the word, the servant would be healed.
Jesus already spoke the words, but sometimes, in today's world, it isn't easy to grab that word and believe it. I find it especially hard to keep believing when the results don't come fast enough. When that happens, think about it this way; When you cut yourself, you might pour some peroxide over the cut and put a bandaid on. We don't look every 2 minutes to see if the cut is healed and gone. We are content to wait until it happens. We know that our skin will heal because it always does.
The devil likes to keep people sick, running to doctors and complaining or doubting that healing is ours. That is when we have to take a stand and tell the devil to back off God's property. Jesus bought our healing by his stripes and death on the cross.