What Jesus Did! 'Back to Earth!' — Matthew 8:1-2

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jesus came down from the hill. Many, many people followed him. Then a man sick with leprosy came to Jesus. The man bowed down before Jesus and said, "Lord, you have the power to heal me if you want."
— Matthew 8:1-2 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 8:1-2 NLT — Jesus came down from the hill. Many, many people followed him. Then a man sick with leprosy came to Jesus. The man bowed down before Jesus and said, "Lord, you have the power to heal me if you want."

Key Thought

Sooner or later, after our moment in the sun, we all have to come down from the mountain. Jesus has taught his disciples wondrously and authoritatively. But no sooner does he come down from the mountain than he is hit with problems. But rather than resenting the problems, he seizes those problems and displays the compassion and power of God himself. The word that was authoritative with the Sermon on the Mount, now becomes the authoritative in the everyday horrors of broken people. When people come to honestly worship him, they leave feeling incredibly pumped up, because he not only takes care of the physical ailments but their deeper Spiritual ones as well.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for Jesus' examples of reaching out to those in need around him. Thank you even more that his word is not just powerful in the message, but also in the practical everyday life struggles of common people. His promise gives me assurance that he will not forget my prayer to grow and mature. In the name of the compassionate carpenter of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 9:23-24
  • 1 Peter 5:5-7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.