This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8:17
Listen: Matthew 8
Jesus’ healing ministry showed his compassion upon the frailest members of society. He amazed his followers with his healing power. But, Jesus’ healing did something else. When Jesus healed someone who was blind or couldn’t walk, it was like there was a big neon-marquee flashing above his head: It’s me. I’m him, the Servant of the Lord. The Jews had been waiting centuries to see a healer because they knew he would be more than a healer. Finally, he had come.
Jesus was the long-awaited healer, the Servant of the Lord. The one who would rescue humankind from the death of sin and restore the world. This past weekend, we celebrated communion. Communion is a time to reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. To look back and remember that Jesus broke death by allowing his body to be broken on the cross. That Jesus’ life is the turning point of all human history.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Spend some time worshiping Jesus for who he is. His healings should cause us to say, “It’s you. You’re him!” He is the long-awaited Christ, the one the prophets spoke about. Continue your time of worship by returning and reflecting on a song from the weekend service, In Christ Alone.
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