Saturday, June 22, 2024

2024.06.22 Hopewell @Home ▫ Matthew 9:18–26

Read Matthew 9:18–26

Questions from the Scripture text: What did the ruler come do and ask (Matthew 9:18)? Who does what to Him on the way (Matthew 9:19-21)? What does He say, with what effect (Matthew 9:22)? What happens when He gets to the ruler’s house (Matthew 9:23-24)? But what does Jesus do, with what effect (Matthew 9:25-26)?

What does Jesus do to believers? Matthew 9:18–26 prepares us for the morning sermon on the Lord’s Day. In these nine verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that Jesus saves believers from death in divine power and Fatherly love.

The ruler in Matthew 9:18 worships Jesus first, and asks for help (the resurrection of his daughter) later. Jesus kindly accommodates his request even for the manner of doing so (Matthew 9:19). The woman hopes in Him for salvation (Matthew 9:20-21); Jesus affirms that it was not the garment but the faith (Him Himself, in Whom she believed!) that saved her (Matthew 9:22). He calls her “daughter,” showing that this is not only divine power but Fatherly love. His power is so great, even over death, that it is literally ridiculous (Matthew 9:24)!

What does Christ’s saving power mean to you? What does His love mean to you? How do you think of/come to Him?

Sample prayer:  Lord Jesus, we worship You and ask You to save us from death and unbelief. Love us as Your children, AMEN!

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