A. Matthew 8:1-3 - I Will - Be Thou Clean
WHEN JESUS came down from the mountain, great throngs followed Him. And behold,
a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying,
Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me.
And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying,
I am willing; be cleansed by being cured.
And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed.
1. The leper knew He could, but would He?
2. “I will” was not a passive, “Sure—OK, I’ll do that.”
a. Not impulsive
b. Not acquiescent
3. “I will” revealed His character and His nature.
a. “I am glad to.”
b. “I would rather do this than anything else.”
4. It is by gracious design—not determined resolve.
5. It is as if Jesus were saying, “Healing is who I am.”
B. Matthew 8:5-13 - Jesus’ Word Is His Will
As Jesus went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him, And saying,
Lord, my servant boy is lying at the house paralyzed and distressed with intense pains.
And Jesus said to him,
I will come and restore him.
But the centurion replied to Him,
Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof; but only speak the word,
and my servant boy will be cured. For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers
subject to me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes;
and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
When Jesus heard him, He marveled and said to those who followed Him [who adhered
steadfastly to Him, conforming to His example in living and, if need be, in dying also],
I tell you truly, I have not found so much faith as this with anyone, even in Israel.I tell you,
many will come from east and west, and will sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in
the kingdom of heaven, While the sons and heirs of the kingdom will be driven out into the
darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
Then to the centurion Jesus said,
Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.
And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.
1. What the centurion understood
a. Jesus’ Word was His will.
b. His Word would do whatever He would do.
2. He most certainly would because He would only say what He willed or intended.
3. This is believing.
a. God can do what He wills.
b. God wills His will.
c. God speaks only what He wills.
d. His Spirit is bound by the same design to empower His Word.
4. What He wills, He says. What He says works His will.
5. That statement is a spiritual law.
Pastors George and Terri Pearsons, KCM, 10 DAYS OF HEALING