How Does He Do That?

(Today's post by Keith Senator)

Matthew 8:1-22

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

How is this possible? I know it is possible because I see it right there in the Bible. I am always perplexed with Jesus and his command over sickness, disease, the weather, whatever. It gives me pause because I want to know if we have the same power that Christ had when he walked not he earth. Since the Holy Spirit resides in us, it seems possible. If you have some ideas on this, please do comment.

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdomwill be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

This is much more common to us because we are asking for healing in many cases where Jesus is not present on the scene of the person we are praying for. But once again, it is a different point in time. Christ was on the earth, he had not ascended to the Father and the Holy Spirit had not descended to us. So the circumstances are different than we have now.

Jesus Heals Many

14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”[b]

I just love how prophesy given in the old testament comes to pass in the New Testament. It is amazing to me. I am also curious about what Jesus does specifically when he heals someone. In this case, he touches her hand. Why is this? Could he have touched her anywhere?

In the prophesy, we see that Christ himself took up our infirmities, and he also bore our disease. I am so glad that we have an account of this in the form of the Bible. Who can argue with what actually happened?

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

I always read this last part and thought, “Man Jesus was pretty cold.” But I have since learned more about it. My understanding is that Jesus has his eyes on heaven and on the task of the living. Those who are already gone should no longer be our focus. But the overarching point would be that Jesus is not interested in a lot of excuses. You are either in or out. And when you are in, there is no room to turn to the left or to the right.

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  • R Lee Lester Jr

    How many people reading this would walk up to a sick person, a deaf person, a person in a wheel chair in a grocery store and ask them if they want to be healed? Then, walk them over to the olive oil aisle, crack open a bottle and pray over them? I do. It will ALWAYS work. God can only use you to the extent you are not scared to look foolish. Look, it is God’s reputation on the line…not yours. Especially for unbelievers, GOD WILL ALWAYS SHOW UP!!! My wife and I have seen miracle after miracle…including coming to the scene of a wreck where a man broke his neck and was lying dead in a ditch. I anointed his head with oil, my friend and I prayed over him, and his neck unbroke and he came back to life. IT HAS GOTTEN TO THE POINT THAT I DO NOT SEE SICK PEOPLE ANYMORE!!!! The enemy keeps them out of my way because I will show them JESUS! “Christians” have got to get over their fear of looking foolish and BE BOLD!!!! GOD ALWAYS SHOWS UP FOR UNBELIEVERS ESPECIALLY!!!!!!! Get some oil. Carry it and your Bible with you. Read some of the red words every day and OWN YOUR CHRISTIANITY!!! Sorry if this comes off as a rant but the power is available and it seems rare to see people actually using it. If anyone reading this wants to go on a field trip with me…looking for sick people, shoot me an email at and we will start a revival in the great name of Jesus Christ! If you are bored with Christianity, there is something you are missing….the POWER OF JESUS CHRIST!!!! Ok, I’m done. 🙂 God is so good.

    • Keith

      Superb testimony. Thank you for commenting.

      • R Lee Lester Jr

        Thank you. I just love Jesus. And, I have found that when you demonstrate the supernatural power of God to a person, they are changed forever because they have now seen God and they have to make a choice about their lives!

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