Summary: What is faith
Intro: I realize that as I start this message today, I may offend some people. I do not mean it to be offensive, but rather for us to look at scripture and not an men’s ideas. As we go on in Matthew, we come to chapter 8.
Let’s begin reading at verse 1. Read 1-17.
The first thing I would like us to see here this morning, is seen in verse one. Jesus comes down from the mountainside. Jesus had been on the Mount of blessing. Far too often we want to stay on the mount of blessing. We want to sit and have fellowship and say Amen. But there’s work to be done. It’s always nice to have someone encourage you. But Jesus goes to work.
Large crowds follow - people are interested when they see someone living out their faith.
People are interested when they see someone having the power of God.
Our main focus this morning is on healing, healing by faith, and as it has been called today, "faith healing." We see in this passage that Jesus was a healer. We will look in a minute at what healing is. First though, let me say what it is not.
Modern Faith Healers - show examples: prayer cloths, rug, glove, etc.
I. What Jesus did in healing -
A. Leprousy - "if willing" - The leper recognized the power of God to heal. Our healing begins with an acknowledgement of the power of God.
The leper recognized the supremacy of God - he knew it was up to God to choose to heal. He asked, not demanded, that God bring healing. Far too often we demand God fit in with our plans.
God can choose NOT to heal. 2 Cor. 12:7-9 Paul had an affliction. God choose not to heal it.
Kenneth Copeland - says if you are sick it is sin, because God wants to heal everyone. That’s a lie!
"I am willling" - God has compassion for the sick. He cares about their needs.
Heb. 4:14-16 - Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God is willing to come into contact with the unclean. As a leper, his sickness was contagious. Christ touches him. Christ shows him the level of care he has for him.
God is willing to change the sick - Be Clean - He causes the sick to be well.
"Show thyself to the priest " - Christ calls for a confirmation of cleansing: a testimony, so others may give God glory. He charges the man not to tell that he healed him, but to show himself to the priest. Far too many healers today take credit for themselves. We need to give glory to God when healing occurs today, not to the individual God uses.
Christ calls for a gift of gratitude: thanksgiving. Let us never forget to be thankful for what God does for us.
B. Centurion’s Paralyzed servant -
"I will go" - when informed of sickness, Christ desires to aid