Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor Greg looks at Matthew 8:14-17 as Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law and a multitude of sick and demon-possessed people. Matthew tells us at this point that these healings are a fulfillment of part of Isaiah 53’s prophecy of the Suffering Servant.
When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. ~ Matthew 8:14
He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him. ~ Matthew 8:15
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. ~ Matthew 8:16
This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.” ~ Matthew 8:17
Matthew’s RECURRING THREE BIG IDEAS:
1) Jesus is God in the flesh. He is Immanuel, God with us.
2) Jesus is the New Moses, the new authoritative prophet, the new mouthpiece of God, the new teacher of the Law. In fact He’s even bigger and better than Moses
3) Jesus is the Messiah, the prophesied descendant of Abraham and David. He fulfills every Messianic prophecy that was written.
Matthew is writing primarily to a Jewish audience, very familiar with what we call the Old Testament so he quotes the Old Testament frequently, including this short phrase from an Old Testament Messianic prophecy from Isaiah 53 (The Suffering Servant)
Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? ~ Isaiah 53:1
For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. ~ Isaiah 53:2
He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. ~ Isaiah 53:3
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. ~ Isaiah 53:4
But He was pierced through for OUR transgressions, He was crushed for OUR iniquities; The chastening for OUR well-being fell upon Him, and by HIS scourging WE are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5
All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. ~ Isaiah 53:6
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? ~ Isaiah 53:7-8
His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. ~ Isaiah 53:9
But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. ~ Isaiah 53:10
As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors. ~ Isaiah 53:11-12