Verse 1 – So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
Chapter 8 left off where Jesus was asked to leave by the people of Gadara who owned the swine. So He recrossed the Lake of Gennesareth, and returned to Capernaum, which was His home at the time.
Verse 2 – And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
Keep in mind there were other Jews watching and may not have been convinced of who Jesus was.
Verse 3 – And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemies!”
Verse 4 – But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do yo think evil in your hearts?
The scribes were only there to see if Jesus would do something against the Law. They said He blasphemies, spoke of a power that Jesus didn’t possess – the forgiveness of sin. They didn’t care that the man was healed. The scribes should have known they were in trouble when Jesus told them what was in their hearts.
Verse 5 – “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
Verse 6 – “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
This question involves divine power and divine authority, and neither can be done but by God. To be able to do one, involves the right and power to do the other. Jesus proved this by the miracle of the man that was paralyzed and immediately took up his bed and walked.
Verse 7 – And he arose and departed to his home.
Verse 8 – Now when the multitude saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
Matthew is Called
Verse 9 – Then as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, named Matthew sitting at the tax office. and He said to him, “Follow Me” and he arose and followed Him.
Matthew was a Jew, appointed by the Romans to be that area’s tax collector. Most tax collector’s collected more than what was due and kept it for themselves. Therefore the tax collectors were hated by Jews. Matthew didn’t hesitate, he simply got up and left with Jesus.
What if he hadn’t of went? God will accomplish His purpose, so whether we answer His calling or not, God will find someone who is willing.
Verse 10 – And so it was, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
Matthew also has another name, “Levi,” in which this feast given by Matthew is recorded in Luke 5:29.
Verse 11 – And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Verse 12 – But when Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
Verse 13 – “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
The Pharisees were constantly trying to trap Jesus in breaking the Law. Now they thought they finally had Him. As a physician is with the sick, Jesus was there for the guilty and miserable sinners. Jesus declared to them that loving kindness and mercy were more important than their external sacrifices.
The Disciples Don’t Fast
Verse 14 – Then the disciples of John came to Him saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
Verse 15 – And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
John the Baptist message was harsh and strict and focused on the Law. But Jesus message focused on turning from sin and turning to Him – repentance also. John’s disciples needed to take the next step, following Jesus and trusting Him. Jesus explains this to them.
Verse 16 – “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.
Verse 17 – “Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
In other words: “My new doctrine does not match with old rites of the Pharisees. Their doctrines require much fasting. If My new doctrines were to be attached to their old ones it would only make the matter worse.” Jesus Gospel did not fit into the old legalistic system of religion. When we accept Christ, we must be prepared for new ways to live, new ways to look at people, and new ways to serve.
Life is Restored
Verse 18 – While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”
Mark and Luke say this man’s name is Jairus, and that he was the ruler of the synagogue.
Verse 19 – So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.
Verse 20 – And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment;
Verse 21 – for she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
Verse 22 – But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
Scripture tells us all throughout the Bible that, “God sees the heart.” I believe only God knows if a person’s faith in Him is genuine. People lie to others, just as they lie to themselves about their faith, but God knows. Jesus saw this woman’s faith, trusted in knowing that if she could only touch the hem of His garment, she would be made well. I believe a lot of people are not healed because of what they say “out loud” and what they believe in their heart are two different things. Faith doesn’t doubt and faith doesn’t contradict.
Faith in the Person of Jesus Christ is based on trust to do exactly what He says He will do. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). How much word are people hearing is the question. Some never even give Jesus a second thought until they are in trouble. Faith in Christ is a foundation built on God’s word, hearing and hearing and hearing etc, until it is embedded deep in our souls. Do you believe? Then receive as this woman with the issue of blood did.
Verse 23 – And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing,
Verse 24 – He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they laughed Him to scorn.
Verse 25 – But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
Verse 26 – And the report of this went out into all that land.
Never doubt when you pray that the One which created you, can do all things above and beyond our imaginations. These are not just Bible stories recorded for our entertainment. These miracles are examples of what our Savior can do in our own lives. Our God has power over life and death, choose life!
Sight is Restored
Verse 27 – When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
These men recognized Jesus as the “Messiah; that’s what is meant when they called out, “Son of David.” That’s your first step in answered prayer – recognize whom He is.
Verse 28 – And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him,. and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
Did you catch the second key to seeing your answer or miracle? Do you believe He is able to do this for you?
Verse 29 – Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be unto you.”
We are not going to receive until we believe He is who He says He is, and that He is able to exceedingly and abundantly do above all that we ask or think , according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). Did you see that ? According to the power that works in “US!” If you have Jesus, then you have that same resurrection power living on the inside of each and every Christian (Romans 8:11).
Verse 30 – And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them saying, “See that no one know it.”
Maybe Jesus told them not to tell anyone because He didn’t want people to think He was only a miracle worker. He wanted people to know so much more of what He was and is capable of.
Verse 31 – But when they departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
Speech is Restored
Verse 32 – As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.
Verse 33 – And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”
Verse 34 – But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.”
Now, why would a demon cast himself out of a person. What they said, gave credit to Satan for the miracle that Jesus performed, and that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost! These Pharisees had no idea how deadly and serious this accusation was. When someone accuses the work of the Holy Spirit to be the work of demons, its Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, for which there is no forgiveness. Luke 12:10 – “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but to him who blasphemies against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. There will be more on this subject in Matthew chapter 12.
Verse 35 – And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
I really get fired up when I hear pastors or leaders telling their congregations, “Jesus doesn’t heal everyone!” Well, He sure did when He walked the earth, so why not today, because our God never changes! It is God’s will for you to be healed. Don’t let someone turn this scripture around to mean “Spiritual healing.” It’s physical healing too!
Verse 36 – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Verse 37 – The He said to his disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labors are few.
Verse 38 – “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest.”
The harvest is the “Lost.” Many people would gladly give their hearts to Christ, only if someone would tell them about Him – “Labors.” Often when God answers prayers He uses people. They are to be His mouth, hands, and feet. Don’t be slack in this precious command our Savior gave to those who follow Him.