The Kingdom Unleashed #1 – Matthew 8:1-4
1 When [Jesus] came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 2 Right away a man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 Then Jesus told him, “See that you don’t tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
1) Crowds follow Jesus
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria…
2) A man with leprosy approaches
“Leprosy might begin with the loss of all sensation in some part of the body; the nerve trunks are affected; the muscles waste away; the tendons contract until the hands are like claws. There follows ulceration of the hands and feet. Then comes the progressive loss of fingers and toes, until in the end a whole hand or a whole foot may drop off. The duration of that kind of leprosy is anything from twenty to thirty years. It is a kind of terrible progressive death in which a man dies by inches.” (Barclay)
Truth: Don’t allow your personal hang-ups to keep you from coming to Jesus.
3) The man worships Jesus
2 A man with leprosy came up and knelt before him, saying, “Lord…”
Kyrios – Lord, God
Magnifier – Are you worshipping in all areas of your life?
Truth: You can’t call Jesus, “Lord,” and not magnify him.
4) The man makes a bold request
2 “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Truth: What bold requests are you making of God?
5) Jesus touches and heals him
3 Reaching out his hand, Jesus touched him, saying, “I am willing; be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Truth: Only Jesus can cleanse us completely.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.