The Healing Grace of Christ

Matthew 14:14

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

The grace message is subtle, but you can hear it in this verse. Jesus had compassion on the people and healed their sick. In a previous verse (Matthew 8:16), it says he healed all who were sick.

Even has Jesus was fulfilling the Law, he didn’t require a person to be living perfectly under the Law for them to be healed. He didn’t go around and look for people who were walking in perfect obedience to the Law. That would have been impossible. Rather, he healed all that were sick because he had compassion on them.

Because of compassion, grace reaches through the Law to touch those in need.

Matthew 14:34

And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

Again, people in need were drawn to him for healing. And, as many touched the fringe of his garment, they were made well. Healing came to everyone who sought it. Healing was not a result of their obedience to the Law, but rather, their faith or belief in Christ’s ability to bring healing to them.

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