Jesus heals the little children despite the disciples’ attempts to turn them away (Matthew 19:13 – 19:15).

The people of Judea brought little children to Jesus to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples tried to turn them away. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on the little children and prayed for them, he went on from there. What the story means to us today Children are the perfect picture of a true Christian Jesus tells us the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like children. In Matthew 18:1, Jesus explained the example that children set for Christians. Children have a kind, accepting, trusting spirit that embodies humbleness and true humility. These traits are stressed throughout the Bible

Jesus veers from his primary task in order to free a pagan Canaanite from demon possession (Matthew 15:21 – 15:28).

Jesus left Gennesaret, withdrew from the Pharisees, and travelled to Tyre and Sidon. A local Canaanite woman came to Jesus crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not say a word. The disciples urged Jesus to dismiss the woman, “Heal her or send her away for she keeps crying out after us.” Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman persisted. She knelt before Jesus and cried out, “Lord, help me!” Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes, it is, Lord,” the woman said, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman,

Jesus heals a man with a shriveled hand while the Pharisees plot to kill him (Matthew 12:9 – 12:21)

After the conflict with the Pharisees in the grain field, Jesus went on from the place. He went into the Pharisees synagogue and a man with a paralyzed, shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, the Pharisees asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Jesus said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man stretched out his hand and it was completely restored, just as sound as

Jesus gives authority to the twelve disciples and sends them on mission to spread God’s message (Matthew 9:35 – 10:42)

Jesus travelled through the region (which we can presume was Galilee) teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He told the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Jesus called the twelve disciples and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve disciples: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew, James son of Zebedee, and his brother John, Philip and Bartholomew,

Jesus brings a dead girl back to life, heals a bleeding woman, a blind man, and a mute – Pharisees accuse him of demonology (Matthew 9:18 – 9:34)

As Jesus explained his purpose to the disciples of John the Baptist (i.e. why Jesus and the disciples did not fast), a synagogue leader knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. Come and put your hand on her so she will live.” Jesus and his disciples went with him. Just then, a woman who had been suffering from bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. She thought to herself, “If I can only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her and said, “Take heart, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Jesus arrived at the synagogue leader’s home. Inside he saw a noisy crowd

Jesus heals a paralyzed man – then scribes accuse Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 9:1 – 9:8)

After residents begged Jesus to leave their region, Jesus boarded a boat and re-crossed the sea back to his home town. Some men brought a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law (Scribes) said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your stretcher and go home.” The man rose and went home. When

Fulfilling Old Testament prophecy, Jesus heals multitudes of people (Matthew 8:14 – 8:17)

Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law laying on a bed with fever. Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up from the bed and began waiting on Jesus. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus and he drove out the spirits with a word. Jesus healed all the sick. His acts were to fulfill what Isaiah spoke when he said, “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” What the story means to us today Through compassion and prayer, we can produce a profound impact on others Matthew had already documented healings of a leper and a gentile suffering from palsy. Now Matthew records the healing of a physical ailment common to all - fever. Jesus healed

The faith of a centurion amazes Jesus (Matthew 8:5 – 8:13)

When Jesus was at Capernaum, a centurion came to him asking for help. He said, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you under my roof. But just say the word and my servant will be healed. I myself am a man under authority with soldiers serving under me. When I tell this one “Go”, he goes and when I tell that one “Come”, he comes and when I say to my servant “Do this” and he does it." When Jesus heard this he was amazed at the man’s faith. Jesus told his followers, “Truly I tell you, I have found no one in Israel with such great faith.

Ignoring social constructs, Jesus touches and heals a leper (Matthew 8:1 – 8:4)

After Jesus completed his Sermon on the Mount, he came down from the mountainside. Large crowds of people followed him (recall that prior verses tell us the people were “astonished” at his teachings). A man with leprosy approached Jesus and knelt before him. He said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean again.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately the man was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “Do not tell anyone what I have done. Just go present yourself to the priests so they may pronounce you clean.” What the story means to us today Jesus goes above and beyond to help a man in need Jesus’ healing of the leper is one of the