Last time we saw one aspect of the response of the crowd to the teaching they had received in the Sermon on the Mount. Moving on in Matthew’s Gospel, we see another aspect at the beginning of this passage. Then we examine the case of the leper who came to Christ for healing. We answer the following questions:

  • What does the reaction of the crowd here teach us?
  • What test may we apply to our hearts based on the response people made to Jesus throughout His ministry?
  • What do we learn about Christ based on the leper’s approach to Him?
  • What do we learn about Christ from the manner with which He deals with the leper here?
  • What remarkable thing did Jesus do as He healed this man?
  • In what ways is the disease of leprosy a picture of sin?
  • What encouragement is this passage to believers and to sinners as they come to Christ?

We see Christ as none other than God in human flesh, powerful to heal, full of compassion for an outcast from society. We see that He is still ready today to receive all who will come to him as the leper did - recognizing his need and in all humility and faith.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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