Thursday, January 12, 2017

Depart From ME, you cursed!

Matthew 8:1-34 NIV

JESUS Heals a Man With Leprosy

1When JESUS Came Down from the mountainside, large crowds followed HIM. 2A man with leprosyacame and knelt before HIM and said,

“LORD, If YOU Are Willing, YOU Can Make me clean.”

3JESUS Reached Out HIS Hand and Touched the man. 

“I AM Willing,” 

HE Said. 

“Be clean!” 

Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4Then JESUS Said to him, 

“See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

The Faith of the Centurion

5When JESUS Had Entered Capernaum, a centurion came to HIM, asking for help. 

6“LORD,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7JESUS Said to him, 

“Shall I Come And Heal him?”

8The centurion replied, “LORD, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say The WORD, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When JESUS Heard this, HE Was Amazed And Said to those following HIM, 

“Truly I Tell you, I Have Not Found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I Say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in The Kingdom of Heaven. 12But the subjects of The Kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13Then JESUS Said to the centurion, 

“Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” 

And his servant was healed at that moment.

JESUS Heals Many

14When JESUS Came Into Peter’s house, HE Saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15HE Touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on HIM.

16When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to HIM, and HE Drove Out the spirits with a WORD and Healed all the sick. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”

The Cost of Following JESUS

18When JESUS Saw the crowd around HIM, HE Gave Orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19Then a teacher of the Law came to HIM and said, “Teacher, I will follow YOU wherever YOU go.”

20JESUS replied, 

“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but The SON 

of Man has no place to lay HIS HEAD.”

21Another disciple said to HIM, “LORD, first let me go and bury my father.”

22But JESUS told him, 

“Follow ME, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

JESUS Calms the Storm

23Then HE Got Into the boat and His disciples followed HIM. 24Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But JESUS Was Sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke HIM, saying, “LORD, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26HE Replied, 

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” 

Then HE Got Up and Rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of Man Is This? Even the winds and the waves obey HIM!”

JESUS Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men

28When HE Arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,c two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met HIM. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29“What do you want with us, SON of GOD?” they shouted. “Have YOU Come here to Torture us before the appointed time?”

30Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31The demons begged JESUS, “If YOU Drive us Out, Send us into the herd of pigs.”

32HE Said to them, 


So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 

34 Then the whole town went out to meet JESUS. And when they saw HIM, they pleaded with HIM to leave their region.

Depart From Us!

Their curiosity brought them out to see JESUS. The whole city came out to meet HIM, that they might be able to say, they had seen a man who did such wonderful works. Thus many go out, in profession, to meet CHRIST for company that have no real affection for HIM, nor desire to know HIM.

Their covetousness made them willing to be rid of HIM. Instead of inviting HIM into their city, or bringing their sick to HIM to be healed, they desired HIM to depart out of their coasts, as if they had borrowed the words of the devils, What have we to do with THEE, JESUS THOU SON of GOD?

And now the devils had what they aimed at in drowning the swine; they did it, and then made the people believe that Christ had done it, and so prejudiced them against HIM. He seduced our first parents, by possessing them with hard thoughts of GOD, and kept the Gadarenes from CHRIST, by suggesting that HE Came into their country to destroy their cattle, and that HE would do more hurt than good; for though HE had cured two men, yet HE had drowned two thousand swine. Thus the devil sows tares in GOD'S field, does mischief in the Christian church, and then lays the blame upon Christianity, and incenses men against that. They besought HIM that HE Would Depart, lest, like Moses in Egypt, HE should proceed to some other plague.

There are a great many who prefer their swine before their SAVIOR, and so come short of CHRIST, and salvation by HIM. They desire CHRIST to depart out of their hearts, and will not welcome HIS Word to have a place in them, because HE and HIS WORD will be the destruction of their brutish lusts - those swine which they give up themselves to feed.

And justly Will CHRIST Forsake those that are weary of HIM, and Say to them hereafter, 

Depart from ME, you cursed!

who now say to The ALMIGHTY, 

Depart from us!

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