Today’s ReadingMatthew 8:1-17 (additional reading: Psalm 9:13-20 & Proverbs 3:1-6)

We’re looking today at three stories: a leper, a centurion, and a woman. They are all so different, yet they belong together since none of them belong. They are outsiders, all of them. It should not be surprising for us to find them lumped together here in Matthew’s book. Matthew knows what it is like to be rejected. Matthew also knows what it is like to follow Jesus and be used by God.

It’s also important to note that the first people Matthew lists as being healed by Jesus were outcasts in Jewish society. Matthew of course, was primarily writing to a Jewish audience. Right away he makes it clear that the gospel is not just for a select few.

Jesus came into this world to say, “I WILL” cleanse from sin all who will call upon me by faith. There is no one who is too far gone to be touched by His grace.


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