Summary: Jesus is still controversial today. The enemy is still after Him. He is maligned in print, on the internet, and on the TV screen. This is blasphemy and He will deal with them. You will either be His friend or His enemy. He will be your Savior or your
Harmony of the Gospels
Sea of Galilee
Title: Multitudes Healed
But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; (Matthew 12:15)
“But when Jesus knew it,” What did He know? In verse 14, it said that the Pharisees had a meeting where they decided to destroy Him. That’s why He left the area where He had healed the man with the withered hand. He only left temporarily. They will not touch Him until the appointed time. Notice how many people that He healed; it was a great multitude and He healed them all. Can you imagine the impression that made in His day? It would be an absolutely amazing thing. They had to accept Him or reject Him; it was impossible to be neutral.
Jesus is still controversial today. The enemy is still after Him. He is maligned in print, on the internet, and on the TV screen. This is blasphemy and He will deal with them. You will either be His friend or His enemy. He will be your Savior or your judge. You cannot get rid of Jesus Christ.
And charged them that they should not make him known: (Matthew 12:16)
Jesus worked quietly, avoiding publicity and acclaim, as much as He could. He asked those that He healed not to tell others that He was the one who healed them. However, His reputation grew rapidly and the great crowds that followed Him hindered His work so that He could not carry on His ministry as He wished. He did not come into this world to be a miracle worker, but to present His credentials as the Messiah. When they rejected Him, He continued on course to the cross where He died as our Savior.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. (Matthew 12:17-20)
In verses 18-20, the one that is speaking is God, and He is speaking of Jesus. In the Great Commission, Jesus said that we are to take the Gospel to all nations. In that manner, “he shall show judgment to all nations.” Jesus has been rejected by the religious leaders and therefore His disciples will be the ones to take the Gospel to the whole world. His death on the cross and His resurrection will be preached to millions as the means whereby men have victory over sin and death.
A bruised reed is good for nothing; it is trash. But He will bind up that reed, if he will let Him do so. A smoking wick must be replaced or trimmed. If one continues to reject Him, the smoking flax will break out in the fire of judgment. The Lord won’t quench it, because He has given Man a free will. Jesus Christ will reject neither the bruised reed nor the smoking flax, just as He calls for disciples those considered unacceptable by the religious authorities.