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Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.

Matthew 8:14-17
"He Takes Our Illnesses"

And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.
15  He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him.
16  That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
17  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” ESV

1.   Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.   Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.   Say the Lord's Prayer.

4.   Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer

5.   Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

6.   Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

7.    Reread it.

8.    From memory, determine the central points.

9.    Peter and Andrew lived in Capernaum, where Jesus' family now probably also lived after being forced to move from Nazareth (see Luke 4:16-30). James and John may also have lived in Capernaum (see Mark 1:29).

10. The house was likely large; Peter and his extended family may have been financially well off.

11. Jesus was moved with compassion and healed Peter's mother-in-law. He touched her hand, and the fever left her.

12. Jesus healed at a distance (see Mt. 8:13) and also without touching (see Mt. 9:1-8). Thus, a healing ministry must not be ritualized into a set pattern.

13. It was Saturday after sunset, when the Sabbath was over, so crowds came to Jesus for healing. Many were made whole, both those who were ill and those who were tormented by demons. We note the distinction between the two.

14. Matthew quotes Isaiah 53:4, pointing out the ministry of the Suffering Servant of Israel, the one who takes away illness as well as sin, this last being the major focus and purpose.

15. Illness comes and goes, and its healing is no guarantee of eternal life. The healing of sin is of chief value.

16. Consider the healing that is most important to you.                         

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Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11