What Jesus Did! 'For Those on Earth!' — Matthew 8:3-4

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Jesus touched the man. Jesus said, "I want to heal you. Be healed!" And immediately the man was healed from his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "Don't tell any person about what happened. But go and show yourself to the priest. And offer the gift that Moses commanded {for people that are made well}. This will show people that you are healed."
— Matthew 8:3-4 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 8:3-4 NLT — "I want to heal you. Be healed!"

Key Thought

This is a mini-story of the Incarnation. God saw that humankind had a need and reached out and touched us. I don't know how we are to fully understand what it means for God to live in human flesh, but he did. That is what the Jesus story is all about. And when he did, he didn't wear the robes of royalty but of the peasant so he could touch us, the most average of us, with his incredible gift of love and grace. Because he did, we can be sure he hears us with a voice of understanding when Jesus intercedes for us at his side.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, please give me strength to trust in you. Help me to care less about riches and more about the broken, just like Jesus does. Thank you Jesus, for being my assurance, not only of heaven, but of heaven's hearing my heart. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:10-12
  • Heb. 2:17-18
  • 1 Tim. 2:5-6

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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.