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Summary: Jesus' miracles provides evidence that Jesus was God's promised Messiah and that He is the King of His Kingdom: He provides the saving power to move toward Him no matter what the difficulty.

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Power over Paralysis: More Divine Deeds by the Savior

Matthew 8: 5-13, Luke 7:1-10

Jesus spoke with unearthly authority to the multitudes in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, and the crowds were struck out of their minds. Now it is one thing to be able to “speak” with Godly, Divine authority, but it is another thing all together to be able to ACT and DEMONSTRATE Godly, supernatural authority. Jesus demonstrates that there is no inconsistency in His character and PERSON: His WORDS are authoritative and His DEEDS speak with the same authority: Authority that can only belong to God, not to a good man.

We see another Divine Deed by Jesus in Matthew 8:5-6: “And when Jesus entered Capernaum (means village of comfort), a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented."

The Roman centurion’s personal servant was struck with palsy and so he couldn’t move. The word for “Tormented” means: “a touchstone, which is a hard black stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal, it was also the rack or instrument of torture by which one is forced to divulge the truth, the torture of the pains of a disease and metaphorically of those in hell after death.”

Luke 7:1-5: “When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. 2 And a centurion's slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, "He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5 for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue."

Matthew 8:7: Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 "For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go !' and he goes, and to another, 'Come !' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this !' and he does it." 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.

Luke 7: 6-9: Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof ; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 "For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, 'Go !' and he goes, and to another, 'Come !' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this !' and he does it." 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith."


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