NTB-1-MATT-4 - Matthew: The Compassionate King
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“Matthew: Lesson 4”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
In Matthew 8:2 the Scripture says, “Behold a leper came to Him and
worshiped Him saying, ‘Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean?’”
We're going to be looking at Matthew chapters 8 through 11 at Jesus,
the compassionate king. Remember the gospel of Matthew is all about
Jesus as the greatest king ever. We’re going to see His compassion in this
Get your Bible and be ready to study these chapters with us today.
What a marvelous request this leper makes of Jesus! He can you can
imagine the scene. Lepers were ostracized by the Jewish community. No
friends, no family, failing health, everything's bleak and grim, and yet this
man approaches Jesus. He comes to Him the Bible says and worships
Him. Here's his request, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
How did Jesus address this man? Did He say, ‘You're a leper. You know
you're not supposed to be around anybody.’? Did He look down on him?
Did He condemn the man? What did He do?
Notice Matthew chapter 8 the beautiful words of Jesus. The
compassionate king in Matthew 8:3 the Scripture records, “Then Jesus put
out His hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And
immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Now this is a very unique setting and a unique scene on so many
various levels. Lepers weren't supposed to come close to anybody.
According the old law, they're to be banned from the community. And yet
this man knows about Jesus. He's heard about His miracles. He knows
who He is. He has the audacity to come to Jesus, fall down before Him,
worship Him, ‘I know you can make me clean.’ Watch what Jesus does. He
touches the man. Who's going to touch a leper? He touches the man. I'm
not doing that. Are you?
He touches him. “I'm willing. Be cleansed.” What a wonderful
compassionate story this is! This man, who has this physical predicament
that nobody can deal, with who's ostracized by everybody, who's exiled and
banished to a life about isolation- Jesus makes him completely clean. He's
now like everybody else. Can you imagine how that, just even physically,
affected the man?
As we think about Jesus, the master healer, Matthew 8:1-4, can't we
see even a more spiritual application of this? You know this leprosy this
disease that this man has is a lot like the sickness of sin. Sin causes us to
be separated from God. Does it not? Isaiah 59:1-2, “The Lord's ear's not
heavy that He cannot hear. His arm's not shortened that He cannot save,
but your sins and your iniquities have separated you from your God.” Just
like this man's physical disease, let's realize that sin is the ultimate and
great spiritual disease. It's destructive. “The way of the transgressor is
hard,” Proverbs 13:15. Sin, like multiple kinds of leprosy, itself which many
times would lead to death, sin is a deadly disease. The Bible says in
Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” John 8:24 Jesus said, “Unless
you believe that I'm He, you'll surely die in your sins.”
Friend just like in the day of Jesus, leprosy was incurable by man. Sin
is the sickness spiritually that man cannot cure. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “God
made Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf.” 1 John 2:1-2 “He is
the propitiation for our sins, not for ours alone for the sins of the whole
world.” This man, after He'd offered one sacrifice for sin forever, sat down
at the right hand of God. Only God and only Christ can heal the sin
Let's realize sin, like leprosy, as we mentioned causes a great
separation. Under the Old Testament the leper wasn't to be around
anybody in the camp of Israel or any Israelite. Sin separates me from my
God and the blessings and the benefits of God. As we said Isaiah 59:1-2,
“Sin separates a man from God.” And so here, we picture sin as the great
disease. Just like with this leper, right here, what a compassionate Savior!
The man comes to Jesus, and listen to His language. You can hear the
desire in his life, ‘If you're willing, you can make the clean.’ Is Jesus willing
to touch the man? Listen to this now, “I am willing. Be cleansed.” If sin is
the great disease, friend we've got to see Jesus as willing and desirous of
cleansing every person's sin. That's God's ultimate desire, is it not?
The Bible says “God wants all men to be saved and come to a
knowledge of the truth,” 1 Timothy 2:4. The Bible says, “God so loved the
world He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life.” God wants all men everywhere to be
saved, and Jesus went to the cross to make that possible. He, Himself bore
our sins in His own body upon the tree that we having died to sin might live
by whose stripes we are healed.” In this beautiful, compassionate picture of
the leper, can we not see ourselves in sin? Can we not see Jesus as the
master healer? Not only of leprosy, but ultimately of the sin that has struck
the whole world by our own desire, Romans 3:23.
Now in Matthew chapter 8 we also direct our attention to the humility
and the faith that a centurion possessed who Jesus now encounters. Look
at Matthew chapter 8. I want you to notice verses 8 through 12. The Bible
records these words, “The centurion answered and said ‘Lord I'm not
worthy that you should come under my roof, but only speak a word and my
servant will be healed.’” Jesus speaks the word. Same hour his servant is
healed. But what Jesus identifies about this man is his great faith. Hey my
servant, he's paralytic. He's home sick. I'm not worthy for you come under
my roof. If you'll just say the word, that will suffice. Look at his humility and
look at its faith his faith. The Bible says ‘Whoever humbles himself will be
exalted. Who exalts himself will be humbled,” Luke 14:11. “Humble yourself
under the mighty hand of God. He'll exalt you in due time,” 1 Peter 5:6 and
We need this type of humility and faith. Whatever God says, whatever
He tells me to do, whatever He commands me- I am more than willing to
trust and to follow the Lord and Savior.
Now here's another powerful and practical lesson from the gospel of
Matthew. Here we have an account in Matthew chapter 8 of a great healing
that Jesus is going to do on Peter's mother-in-law, and watch what she
does in Matthew 8:15. The Bible says verse number 14, ‘When Jesus had
come to Peter's house, and he saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever.
So He touched her hand and the fever left her,” watch this, “and she arose
and served them.”
The practical lesson that we especially want to highlight here is this:
Christians are healed to serve. We're saved to serve others. When I obey
the gospel and my sins are forgiven and I become up a new creation in
Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17, when I arise out of the waters of baptism to walk
in newness of life, I come out of that a new creature and especially the
sense that my life is different now. I've been saved and healed from the sin
problem to serve others. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your
body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from
God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price therefore glorify
God in your body and in your spirit which are His.” I want to do my best in
this life to serve others. Mark 10:45 “The Son of Man came not to be
served but to serve to give His life a ransom for many.” I am to be faithful
unto death and especially as I strive to serve others in the community and
in the world in which I live.
Now another powerful lesson that we learn from Matthew chapters 8
through 11 is that our Lord indeed does have the power to forgive sins.
Look at Matthew chapter 9. I want you to especially notice verses 1 through
6 with me. The Bible says, “So Jesus got into a boat crossed over and
came to His own city. Then behold they brought to Him a paralytic lying on
a bed. When Jesus saw their faith,” that's the faith of the friends of the
paralytic, “He said to the paralytic, ‘Son be of good cheer your sins are
forgiven you.’ And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, ‘this
man blasphemes,’ but Jesus knowing their thoughts said, ‘Why do you
think evil in your hearts? Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven you
or to say arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has
power on earth to forgive sins.’ He said to the paralytic, ‘Arise. Take up
your bed and go to your house.’”
Friend how encouraging it is from this lesson to realize our Lord has
the power and the ability to forgive sins! I need to know that. You need to
know that. Every person in the world of an accountable age needs to know
that. ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none
righteous no not one,’ Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23.
As we think about Christ, as we think about His life as we think about
some of the great statements that He makes, let's realize His authority and
His power demands He has the ability to forgive my sins and to forgive
yours. Matthew 26:28 Jesus, as He instituted the Lord's Supper the Bible
says, He took that fruit of the vine and He said this to His disciples, “This is
my blood of the new covenant shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
You see without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins,
Hebrews 9:22. “The blood of bulls and goats can never really take away
sin,” Hebrews 10:3-4. When Jesus says those powerful words “This is my
blood of the new covenant for the forgiveness of sins,” how wonderfully
encouraging it is to know if when I obey the gospel, everything I've done
that is contrary to the will of God has been completely removed. Acts 2:38
“Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission removal of sin.”
God said, “I'll be merciful to their sins. Their lawless deeds I'll remember no
more,” Hebrews 8:12-13.
When I obey the gospel, Jesus has the power, the authority to wipe
the slate clean. I get a fresh start. Everything I've done that's contrary to the
will of God is now removed, and I can have a do over in this life.
As we think about some of the great lessons from Jesus’ life in
Matthew's Matthew chapter 8 through 11, we also learn in Matthew chapter
9 especially verses 27 through 31 that Jesus also has the ability, as He did
in this example, to open people's eyes.
Look at Matthew 9:27. The Bible records these words, “When Jesus
departed from there two blind men followed Him crying out and saying,
‘Son of David have mercy on us!’ When He had come into the house the
blind men came to Him and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I'm
able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes
saying, ‘According to your faith, let it be to you.’ Their eyes were opened,
and Jesus sternly warned them saying, ‘See that no one knows it.’ But
when they departed they spread the news about Him in all that country.”
Now no doubt these men are so excited. They had been blind, now
they can see. The miraculous power of Jesus heals them with just a touch,
and their eyes are opened. Friend from a spiritual standpoint, hasn't Jesus
opened our eyes spiritually speaking?
Classic example is that of the prodigal son. The father gives him his
inheritance. He goes out into that far country. He lives it up. Everybody's
his friend, until one day he wakes up broke and in the pigpen. And the Bible
records in Luke 15 that that man finally came to his senses. He came to
himself, and he said ‘My father's hired servant has it better than me. I'm
going to go back to my father. I'm going to say father I'm no longer worthy
be a son, make me a servant.’ Here's the father with open arms waiting on
him. That man's eyes were finally opened. He finally saw what he needed
And friend like these two blind men, every child of God who has
turned from sin and to God- eyes have been opened. They now look at life
differently. They now have a different priority. They now are looking up. ‘If
then you were raised with Christ seek those things which are above,’
Colossians 3:1. They're now seeking new goals and have a new vision in
this life. “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Our eyes are opened. We now
see the world differently. We're looking at it no longer through a worldly
lens but through the lens of the spiritual things that we have in this life,
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now we mention one last thing in Matthew chapter 9 that really
stands out from the teaching of Jesus, and it is the dire need that Jesus
expresses to speak and to teach the gospel.
Jesus is a here again seen for His compassion. Matthew 9:36-37
says this about the compassionate King, the Bible records, “But when he
saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion for them, because they
were weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to
His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray the Lord of hosts that He will send out laborers into His
See the compassion of Christ? This multitude, what are they like?
They're like sheep wandering aimlessly without a shepherd. Jesus looks on
with compassion. That means He had love for them in His heart. And He
said to His disciples and gave them in essence, but the commission though
the great work to do ‘harvest is plentiful laborers are few. Pray the Lord of
hosts will send out laborers into His vineyard or His harvest.’ Friend the
world, the lost people in this world, are that harvest. Like Christ we ought to
have compassion on them, and we are the laborers who ought to be taking
the gospel to the world. Luke 19:10 “The Son of Man came to seek and
save that which is lost.” Matthew 28:18 Jesus said to His followers, “Go into
all the world and preach the gospel unto it.”
We have that great charge and motivated by the same compassion
Jesus had. We ought to look at the world with great love in our hearts
hoping and praying they will obey the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus
We now turn our attention to Matthew chapter 10, and we will briefly
mention some things from Matthew 10 and 11 that also show us the great
compassion and love that Jesus had for His followers.
In Matthew 10 both in verse 22 and in verse 28 Jesus teaches us
what's necessary to be saved. Jesus says these words, “He who endures
to the end will be saved.” What's it take? What does the Lord tell us you got
to do be saved to ultimately make it to that beautiful place called heaven?
Don't ever give up! Endure, stay steadfast, be immovable, hang in
there, and never give up. Be persistent is the idea. Jesus said over and
over again in the Scripture. We're taught that we do have the command
and the power to do that. “Be faithful unto death,” Jesus said, “I'll give you
the crown of life.” I have the ability to choose who I'm going to serve,
Joshua 24:15. If I remain faithful unto death, the Bible says I will receive
one day the crown of life.
Now Jesus also taught us that a big part of being faithful to Him
means that we're willing to live up to and really live up to the great
confession that each of us have ascribed to in this life.
The Bible says in Matthew 10, Jesus speaking in verse 32 and 33,
Jesus says these words to every one of His followers. The Lord said,
“Therefore whoever confesses me before men him I will also confess
before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men
him I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
What's it going to take to really follow Christ? I'm going to have to
confess Him, and friend I understand initially this applies to obedience to
the gospel- hearing the word of God, believing in Jesus, confessing Him as
Savior, repenting of sin, and no doubt obeying His command to be
immersed in water for the forgiveness of sin. The idea of confessing Christ
isn't just tied to a one time confession with the mouth. It is a confession
daily. It is a daily desire to follow Jesus.
Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If any man desires come after me let him deny
himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” I've got to every day strive
to do my best to live faithful unto the Lord and never ever give up on the
preaching of the gospel and the teaching of His word. In fact in Matthew
11:1-19 that's exactly what we see. We are introduced to one of those
powerful gospel preachers. We are reminded of one the most powerful
gospel preachers of all the world, John the baptizer. This man, he, wasn't a
reed shaken by the wind. He was and he had a backbone, and he had a
spine. Jesus said, ‘Of men born of woman, none is greater than John the
What made John so great? He stood for truth. He was a unique man.
He wasn't like everybody else. He went against the grain in following God's
will, and he even was ultimately going to give his life for the cause of Christ.
He stood up in every way for the preaching of the gospel. How the world
needs more men and women who will stand up, say what God needs to
say, tell others about the truth of God's word, and be willing to teach that
You see the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:11, “If any man speaks, let him
speak as the oracles of God.” We are to preach the word. ‘Be instant in
season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-
suffering and doctrine.’ We're to speak the whole counsel of God, Acts
20:27-28, just as our Lord did. We need to boldly proclaim the truth in love,
Friend we close our lesson today with one of the most beautiful of all
invitations. Maybe you've heard a lot of great invitations to obey the gospel.
You won't find one any better than this in all of Scripture. Listen to Matthew
11:28. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden.
I'll give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. For I'm a gentle
and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light.”
Think about how powerful that is! Jesus said, “Come unto me,” and
here's the audience, “All you who labor and are heavy laden.” Who hasn't
at one time felt the burden of sin, the labors and the toils, and the struggles
of fighting Satan, fighting sin, and resisting it in their life?
You know the psalmist said in Psalm 38:4, “My sins are gone over my
head like a heavy burden. They're too heavy for me to bear.”
Jesus says, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden.
I'll give you rest.” The hope, the joy, the eternal rest, no more fighting of sin,
no more struggles, no more pain, no more death, no more crying- there
remains a rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:7-9 that's the rest Jesus
promises. ‘My yoke is easy. My burden is light. You will find rest for your
Friend don't you want to go to heaven more than anything?
Don't you want to live with God forever?
Can't you imagine how wonderful it's going to be in the presence of
God, before the throne of God, and the throne of Christ for all eternity?
Don't you want that to be yours?
If so, accept the Lord's invitation. Obey the gospel of Christ, before
it's too late. Do you do you really believe with all your heart that Jesus is
the Savior of the world? John 8:24 Does that belief motivate you to change
your life? Acts 3:19, ‘Repent and turn that your sins may be blotted out.’
Would you confess the name of Jesus before men? Romans 10:10. And as
the apostle Paul was told, would you arise and be baptized and wash away
your sins calling on the name of the Lord?
We hope and pray today that the great invitation of the Lord
motivates you to obey the gospel, and follow Him every day of your life.
Study Questions for: “Matthew: Lesson 4”
1. How does Jesus respond to the leper in Matthew 8:3?
2. What separates us from God according to Isaiah 59:1-2?
3. What are the wages of sin according to Romans 6:23?
4. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, what was Christ on our behalf?
5. Who is the propitiation for our sins according to 1 John 2:1-2?
6. According to 1 Timothy 2:4, what does God want?
7. What does 1 Peter 5:6 and James 4:10 say about being humble?
8. What did Jesus come to do according to Mark 10:45?
9. According to Acts 2:38, how are our sins removed?
10. According to Matthew 9:36-37, why did Jesus have compassion for