Vs. 1, “When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.” There is a time for everything, and now Jesus would backup his words with action! Here we are given snippets of Jesus’ ministry. Don’t forget, it was John would tell us that there would not be enough books to record everything Jesus did (John 21:25). But, here we can take comfort because Jesus in the midst of the large crowds, still payed attention to the individuals. It’s notable the first thing Matthew recorded was Jesus healing a leper. Leprosy was a sign for sin, and Jesus came to forgive sins. The faith of the Roman Centurion is also notable, because Jesus came not just for the Jew but also for the Gentile (us). The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law shows you nothing is to small to bring to the Lord, even a everyday fever. We see the first incident of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. For this storm to scare even the fisherman, it must have been pretty big! But Jesus would show that He can even control the elements and it amazed the apostles. We also come across demon possession…not a nice topic to think about. But of course, the reality is, we live in a spiritual unseen world. Notice how the demon’s even knew who Jesus was.
Regarding application…Cost of Following Jesus. Vs. 19, “Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Really now??? What a stark lesson for us today. We want our cake and eat it too. While the grace of God paid for our debts…to be a disciple of Jesus means that we voluntarily live a life that does not conform to this world. And brothers and sisters….easier said than done. I want Jesus and I want my boyfriend/girlfriend. I want Jesus and I want to listen to secular music. I want Jesus and I want to cuss all the time. I want Jesus and I want to drink and party. Initially people respond pretty well to things Jesus offers…but, then the realization of the cost makes them reconsider. Jesus was never about popularity. He made it very clear that if you truly want to follow Him, you must deny yourself. Question: Have you counted the cost recently? Are you willing to let go of things in your life? It’s hard isn’t it? I’m praying today that you would let go of your fears and trust in the Lord!