Bible: Matthew 8
Cleansing a Leper
8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him. 8:2 And a leper 1 approached, and bowed low before him, saying, 2 “Lord, if 3 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 8:3 He stretched out his hand and touched 4 him saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you do not speak to anyone, 5 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 6 that Moses commanded, 7 as a testimony to them.” 8
Healing the Centurion’s Servant
8:5 When he entered Capernaum, 9 a centurion 10 came to him asking for help: 11 8:6 “Lord, 12 my servant 13 is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible anguish.” 8:7 Jesus 14 said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8:8 But the centurion replied, 15 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Instead, just say the word and my servant will be healed. 8:9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. 16 I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes, 17 and to another ‘Come’ and he comes, and to my slave 18 ‘Do this’ and he does it.” 19 8:10 When 20 Jesus heard this he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “I tell you the truth, 21 I have not found such faith in anyone in Israel! 8:11 I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet 22 with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 23 in the kingdom of heaven, 8:12 but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 24 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; just as you believed, it will be done for you.” And the servant 25 was healed at that hour.
Healings at Peter’s House
8:14 Now 26 when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying down, 27 sick with a fever. 8:15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then 28 she got up and began to serve them. 8:16 When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick. 29 8:17 In this way what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet was fulfilled: 30
“He took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.” 31
Challenging Professed Followers
8:18 Now when Jesus saw a large crowd 32 around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake. 33 8:19 Then 34 an expert in the law 35 came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 36 8:20 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky 37 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 38 8:21 Another 39 of the 40 disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 8:22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 41
Stilling of a Storm
8:23 As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 42 8:24 And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. 8:25 So they came 43 and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!” 8:26 But 44 he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked 45 the winds and the sea, 46 and it was dead calm. 8:27 And the men 47 were amazed and said, 48 “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” 49
Healing the Gadarene Demoniacs
8:28 When he came to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, 50 two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were extremely violent, so that no one was able to pass by that way. 8:29 They 51 cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! 52 Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 53 8:30 A 54 large herd of pigs was feeding some distance from them. 8:31 Then the demons begged him, 55 “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 8:32 And he said, 56 “Go!” So 57 they came out and went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake and drowned in the water. 8:33 The 58 herdsmen ran off, went into the town, 59 and told everything that had happened to the demon-possessed men. 8:34 Then 60 the entire town 61 came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.