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Matthew 8:14-15 ” When Jesus came to Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.”

It says Jesus touched her and she recovered.  It was through that gentle touch, Jesus spoke volumes…He voiced love and concern for her…and He spoke health and healing into her body.  And it was out of a grateful heart, the woman got up and  served Jesus and the rest of the men.  Now, you may have never been raised up out of a death-bed before, but the same grateful heart this woman had should be yours.  Why you ask?   In Romans 5:8 it tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   So in a way you’ve also been raised up from a death-bed…for you were once dead in your sins.  But through God’s great love for you, a way was made.  And Jesus touched you and made you whole…so how can you be anything but grateful?

Matthew 8:3 ” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

When we come to Jesus, He says to us, “Be clean!”  And at that moment we are purified from all the pollution, guilt, and shame of our sins.  For it says in Psalm 51:2, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Where we once were covered with the filthy stains of sin,  we are now cleansed…our nastiness replaced by pristine purity and righteousness through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For it is only through the blood of Jesus that we can become cleansed from all our transgressions…it is only through Jesus we can be saved.

II Peter 1:16-18 ” We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the Voice came from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is My Son, whom I love.’ “

Peter, James, and John were with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses appeared and Jesus was for a time transfigured from an earthly form into a supernatural one.  True to form though, Peter started to babble, putting a foot into his mouth…when God interrupted him saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5)  However, this mountain top experience changed Peter, James, and John forever. They were witnesses to the power and majesty, glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ…and this personal knowledge and experience changed who they were and how they shared the Gospel Message from that time on.

Matthew 8:27 ” The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey Him?’ “

Jesus had just rebuked the  storm and now all was peaceful and calm on the Sea of Galilee.  With only a few words, the fierce winds and raging storm had ceased.  But why were His disciples so dumbfounded and astonished at what Jesus had done?   After all, they had been witnessing countless miracles as they traveled with him.  But like us,  when the storm hit their lives personally…they panicked.   When we’re hit broad-side and without warning with the storms of life…we panic.  We suddenly are battered by the winds of anxiety and will succumb under the waves of fear.  It’s then we need to reach out our hands to Jesus for help…for it tells us in Psalm 107:29,  ” He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.”   May the Lord of the universe calm the storm in your life today.

Matthew 5:13 ” You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

When Jesus told His disciples that they were the salt of the earth He meant it  both figuratively and literally.  Within our bodies are electrolytes – minerals (sodium, chloride, etc.) that are essential for life… without them, our heart, nerves, and muscles would malfunction.    “To be the salt of the earth” defined is a person that is considered  a representative of the best elements of society.  It’s someone chosen and capable of effectively demonstrating what we stand for.   We all have been called to be the salt of the earth…chosen by God to represent Him and the Gospel Message to the world.

Isaiah 42:2-3 ” He will not shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.”

It says in Matthew 26:62-63,  ” Then the High Priest stood up and said to Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer?  What is this testimony that these men are bringing against You?’  But Jesus remained silent.”   In this hastily assembled kangaroo court, the  priests, scribes and elders gloated in the fact that they finally had Jesus where they wanted Him.  They had lined up false witnesses to testify against Jesus…but He wasn’t taking the bait.  The High Priest believed that he was in total control of the situation…but he had no idea that he was simply a pawn being used by God within the annals of eternal redemptive history.  Jesus had no reason to answer the High Priest… no need to justify or defend Himself.  For the plan of salvation, created before the dawn of time, was playing out perfectly.

Matthew 10:27 ” What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”

In those times of darkness… when unhappiness and  turmoil have you crouched down in the valley of despair…God will speak truths softly to you.  Precious truths that will encourage, exhort, and sustain  you during that critical time…but it doesn’t stop there.  God wants you to share with others these precious truths when the light of day finally shines again in your life.  For after you have passed through the valley of the shadow of death,  the truths God whispered to you then,  become the lifelines for others who still remain in darkness.