READ: Matthew 8:1-9:39
As you read chapters 8 and 9 you’ll find that Matthew has written about ten miracles of Jesus and placed them together. Did you find all ten in your reading? Isn’t it exciting to read about the power of God that was displayed in Christ? Can you imagine what it would have been like walking with Christ and watching him? Seeing him firsthand heal a leper, control the sea, and raise a girl from the dead. I know how I feel just reading about his miracles 2000 years later, I can’t even imagine what a thrill it would have been to follow his actual steps.
As you walk with Christ through the scriptures, be careful not to miss some of the subtle words spoken by Jesus in the midst of the supernatural crowd pleasing miracles. For example, in-between the crazy man/pig episode (8:28-34) and the girl being raised from the dead (9:23-26) Jesus makes a statement about why he came to earth. Did you catch it? In Matthew 9:12-13 Jesus explains why he came to earth and who he came to reach:
We see the heart of Christ again when he looks at the crowds and his heart breaks with compassion because the people looked so lost…like sheep without a shepherd (9:36-37). This truth is very important for you to know as you continue to read the New Testament. The bigness of his miracles helped people see he really was who he said he was (God in flesh) but the words he spoke reveal to us the heart of God.
I’m so glad you’re reading God’s word and seeing his power and hearing about his heart. Keep looking, keep learning, and you’ll see God do some type of miracle in your life.