6.10.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 128. Amazed.

Matthew 9:7-8 says this….

“And he got up and went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.”

The paralyzed man at the heart of this story is never quoted in any of the gospels as having said a single word. His friends decide to take him to Jesus, who has been healing other people with every kind of disease. Since he is paralyzed, they had to carry him on his bed. When they reached the place, the house was too crowded to enter, so they climbed up on the roof and lowered their friend, still on his bed, through a hole they made (Mark 2:4).

Jesus, impressed by their faith, has told the man his sins are forgiven. This may have meant that the man’s condition was related to some sin he has committed. Perhaps that’s the sin Jesus was forgiving (Matthew 9:1–2).

The moment, though, was interrupted by an exchange between Jesus and some of the religious leaders about whether He had authority to forgiven sins on earth. To prove that He did, Jesus turned to the man and told him to get up, take his bed, and go home. Now the man does exactly that without ever saying a word, his own healing a powerful statement on the truth that Jesus is the Son of God.

Jesus’ intent here is to prove that His miraculous healing powers are signs His teachings are true (John 12:37; 20:30–31). It’s one thing to say He is “only” able to forgive sins—such a thing is hard to prove on earth. To claim divine healing power, and immediately prove it, is much more “difficult,” and offers a clear indication that He’s telling the truth.

The crowd who has witnessed this healing made the choice to give glory to God in response to Jesus’ display of power. Specifically, they glorified the God who had given such authority to men. Scripture doesn’t tell us exactly how many—if any—fully understood that Jesus had this authority as the Son of God Himself. Still, the impulse to glorify God was the best reaction to seeing a fearful miracle up close and in person.

Kind of an amazing scene here. The man gets up and heads home. The crowd is amazed and awestruck. Who wouldn’t be?

Once again, Jesus is clearly stating who He is and how He works. He continues to amaze even to this day. Today be amazed at who Jesus is and how He works in your life.

1 Comment

  1. Margaret K on June 10, 2021 at 6:33 am

    It really is amazing how Jesus works in our lives every day. In the big things, and the little special touches that are often even more awe-inspiring.
    God is a good, good Father and He takes good, good care of His children.
    May we live in constant awe of our God.

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