Matthew 8 continues our church’s sermons in the book of Matthew.
This chapter begins with the healing of the leper …
Our pastor describes this as ‘human desperation colliding with the power and compassion of God.’
We will have times in our lives where our needs will collide with the power and compassion of God.
His power and compassion are always available, but WE are not always acutely aware of our need.
We coast along in life with low-grade suffering until we hit the crisis and cry out for mercy.
Windows of opportunity in our life are spikes of suffering and pain when our need is ‘out there’.
-when we have that opportunity to cry out for help.
but . . . we often don’t, we just coast on.
he challenged us to ‘make the most of our pain’!
‘Don’t waste your struggle, turn to jesus!’
We just finished the Sermon on the Mount and all throughout it, we saw Jesus rebuking the Pharisees … instead of coming to God for mercy, they turned to ‘religion’
-they had the window to turn to God, they didn’t take it!
We believe, that if we just get more ‘religious’ the problems and pain in our life will go away.
-it’s all about the structure, we believe
In windows of suffering, we often turn to things that really don’t help us ..
-what are those things?
-how do they fail?
When we look at these healings in Matthew 8, he is showing us that they are connected to the atonement Jesus made for our sins.
I Peter 2:24
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
The cross is a picture of human desperation in sin colliding with the compassion and power of God to heal and forgive.
We should, therefore, when we have need, run fast into his arms for healing.
Don’t waste your suffering . . turn to Christ . . God is using your pain right now to draw you to Himself!