Jesus Cleanses a Leper

81 When Jesus came down from the mountain , large crowds followed Him. 2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said , "Lord , if You are willing , You can make me clean ." 3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying , "I am willing ; be cleansed ." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed . 4 And Jesus said to him, " See that you tell no one ; but go , show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded , as a testimony to them."

A Centurion's Servant Healed

5 And when Jesus entered Capernaum , a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6 and saying , "Lord , my servant is lying paralyzed at home , fearfully tormented ." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 But the centurion said , "Lord , I am not worthy for You to come under my roof , but just say the word , and my servant will be healed . 9 "For I also am a man under authority , with soldiers under me; and I say to this one , 'Go !' and he goes , and to another , 'Come !' and he comes , and to my slave , 'Do this !' and he does it." 10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following , "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel . 11 "I say to you that many will come from east and west , and recline at the table with Abraham , Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven ; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness ; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth ." 13 And Jesus said to the centurion , "Go ; it shall be done for you as you have believed ." And the servant was healed that very moment .

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 8:1-13

Commentary on Matthew 8:1

(Read Matthew 8:1)

This verse refers to the close of the foregoing sermon. Those to whom Christ has made himself known, desire to know more of him.

Commentary on Matthew 8:2-4

(Read Matthew 8:2-4)

In these verses we have an account of Christ's cleansing a leper, who came and worshipped him, as one clothed with Divine power. This cleansing directs us, not only to apply to Christ, who has power over bodily diseases, for the cure of them, but it also teaches us in what manner to apply to him. When we cannot be sure of God's will, we may be sure of his wisdom and mercy. No guilt is so great, but there is that in Christ's blood which atones for it; no corruption so strong, but there is that in his grace which can subdue it. To be made clean we must commend ourselves to his pity; we cannot demand it as a debt, but we must humbly request it as a favour. Those who by faith apply to Christ for mercy and grace, may be sure that he is freely willing to give them the mercy and grace they thus seek. And those afflictions are blessed that bring us to know Christ, and cause us to seek help and salvation from him. Let those who are cleansed from their spiritual leprosy, go to Christ's ministers and open their case, that they may advise, comfort, and pray for them.

Commentary on Matthew 8:5-13

(Read Matthew 8:5-13)

This centurion was a heathen, a Roman soldier. Though he was a soldier, yet he was a godly man. No man's calling or place will be an excuse for unbelief and sin. See how he states his servant's case. We should concern ourselves for the souls of our children and servants, who are spiritually sick, who feel not spiritual evils, who know not that which is spiritually good; and we should bring them to Christ by faith and prayers. Observe his self-abasement. Humble souls are made more humble by Christ's gracious dealings with them. Observe his great faith. The more diffident we are of ourselves, the stronger will be our confidence in Christ. Herein the centurion owns him to have Divine power, and a full command of all the creatures and powers of nature, as a master over his servants. Such servants we all should be to God; we must go and come, according to the directions of his word and the disposals of his providence. But when the Son of man comes he finds little faith, therefore he finds little fruit. An outward profession may cause us to be called children of the kingdom; but if we rest in that, and have nothing else to show, we shall be cast out. The servant got a cure of his disease, and the master got the approval of his faith. What was said to him, is said to all, Believe, and ye shall receive; only believe. See the power of Christ, and the power of faith. The healing of our souls is at once the effect and evidence of our interest in the blood of Christ.

A Centurion's Servant Healed

71 When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people , He went to Capernaum . 2 And a centurion's slave , who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die . 3 When he heard about Jesus , he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave . 4 When they came to Jesus , they earnestly implored Him, saying , "He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5 for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue ." 6 Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house , the centurion sent friends , saying to Him, "Lord , do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof ; 7 for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word , and my servant will be healed . 8 "For I also am a man placed under authority , with soldiers under me; and I say to this one , 'Go !' and he goes , and to another , 'Come !' and he comes , and to my slave , 'Do this !' and he does it." 9 Now when Jesus heard this , He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, "I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith ." 10 When those who had been sent returned to the house , they found the slave in good health .

Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain

11 Soon afterwards e He went to a city called Nain ; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd . 12 Now as He approached the gate of the city , a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother , and she was a widow ; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, "Do not weep ." 14 And He came up and touched the coffin ; and the bearers came to a halt . And He said , "Young man , I say to you, arise !" 15 The dead man sat up and began to speak . And Jesus gave him back to his mother . 16 Fear gripped them all , and they began glorifying God , saying , "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and, "God has visited His people !" 17 This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district .

The Messengers from John the Baptist

18 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things .

19 Summoning two of his disciples , John sent them to the Lord , saying , "Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else ?" 20 When the men came to Him, they said , "John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask , 'Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else ?' " 21 At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits ; and He gave sight to many who were blind . 22 And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard : the BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT , the lame walk , the lepers are cleansed , and the deaf hear , the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. 23 "Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me." 24 When the messengers of John had left , He began to speak to the crowds about John , "What did you go out into the wilderness to see ? A reed shaken by the wind ? 25 "But what did you go out to see ? A man dressed in soft clothing ? Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces ! 26 "But what did you go out to see ? A prophet ? Yes , I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet . 27 "This is the one about whom it is written , ' BEHOLD , I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.' 28 "I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John ; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." 29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God's justice , having been baptized with the baptism of John . 30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves , not having been baptized by John. 31 "To what then shall I compare the men of this generation , and what are they like ? 32 "They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another , and they say , 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance ; we sang a dirge , and you did not weep .' 33 "For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine , and you say , 'He has a demon !' 34 "The Son of Man has come eating and drinking , and you say , 'Behold , a gluttonous man and a drunkard , a friend of tax collectors and sinners !' 35 "Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children ."

Jesus at the Home of Simon the Pharisee

36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner ; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house , she brought an alabaster vial of perfume , 38 and standing behind Him at His feet , weeping , she began to wet His feet with her tears , and kept wiping them with the hair of her head , and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume . 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself , "If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner ." 40 And Jesus answered him, "Simon , I have something to say to you." And he replied , "Say it, Teacher ." 41 "A moneylender had two debtors : one owed five hundred denarii , and the other fifty . 42 "When they were unable e to repay , he graciously forgave them both . So which of them will love him more ?" 43 Simon answered and said , "I suppose the one whom he forgave more ." And He said to him, "You have judged correctly ." 44 Turning toward the woman , He said to Simon , "Do you see this woman ? I entered your house ; you gave Me no water for My feet , but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair . 45 "You gave Me no kiss ; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet . 46 " You did not anoint My head with oil , but she anointed My feet with perfume . 47 "For this reason I say to you, her sins , which are many , have been forgiven , for she loved much ; but he who is forgiven little , loves little ." 48 Then He said to her, " Your sins have been forgiven ." 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves , " Who is this man who even forgives sins ?" 50 And He said to the woman , " Your faith has saved you; go in peace ."