Matthew 8:1-22

I had COVID-19 in November of 2020.

Luckily, I made it through the illness with very mild symptoms that dissipated quickly. Before I knew it, I was healthy once more and able to get back to my daily life. For many, though, the same illness is much more serious. In those cases, it is necessary to seek treatment from those who can help.

In Matthew 8, we read about Jesus healing many.

16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

Matthew 8:16-17, ESV

In these verses and the surrounding text, Jesus heals in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In each case, the person being healed is beyond the type of illness that, like my stint of COVID, will get better by staying home and eating grilled cheese sandwiches. It is necessary for them to seek healing from the One who can help. Through healing, Jesus shows His sovereignty and grace.

Jesus took our illnesses and bore our diseases. More than that, He took our sin and bore the punishment we deserved. Through Jesus we have the one and only effective treatment for our brokenness. Do you need healing today?

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