Unity in Christ Jesus
Matthew 9:18-38: Jesus heals the daughter of a Jewish official and a woman who had suffered with severe bleeding for twelve years. He restores sight to two blind men and drives out a demon from a man who could not talk. Jesus travels to towns and villages, preaching the Good News and healing people of every kind of disease.
The Official’s Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus’ Cloak
18 While Jesus was saying this, a Jewish official came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and place your hands on her, and she will live.”
19 So Jesus got up and followed him, and his disciples went along with him.
20 A woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If only I touch his cloak, I will get well.”
22 Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, my daughter! Your faith has made you well.” At that very moment the woman became well.
23 Then Jesus went into the official’s house. When he saw the musicians for the funeral and the people all stirred up, 24 he said, “Get out, everybody! The little girl is not dead—she is only sleeping!” Then they all started making fun of him. 25 But as soon as the people had been put out, Jesus went into the girl’s room and took hold of her hand, and she got up. 26 The news about this spread all over that part of the country.
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
27 Jesus left that place, and as he walked along, two blind men started following him. “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” they shouted.
28 When Jesus had gone indoors, the two blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I can heal you?”
“Yes, sir!” they answered.
29 Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, “Let it happen, then, just as you believe!”— 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus spoke sternly to them, “Don’t tell this to anyone!”
31 But they left and spread the news about Jesus all over that part of the country.
Jesus Heals a Man Who Could Not Speak
32 As the men were leaving, some people brought to Jesus a man who could not talk because he had a demon. 33 But as soon as the demon was driven out, the man started talking, and everyone was amazed. “We have never seen anything like this in Israel!” they exclaimed.
34 But the Pharisees said, “It is the chief of the demons who gives Jesus the power to drive out demons.”
Jesus Has Pity for the People
35 Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. 36 As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. 38 Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”
Today’s Key Verse: Matthew 9:36
As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
These past few days, we have been reading about Jesus’s healing ministry as recorded in chapters 8 and 9 of Matthew’s Gospel. Which of these stories moved you most? Why? What did these stories teach you about Jesus?
Lord Jesus, you are the Great Physician and Shepherd. Heal my wounds, both physical and spiritual, and be present with all who need your healing today. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
Matthew 10:1-15: Jesus calls his twelve disciples.