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Wednesday, January 17: Go, show yourself to the priest

MatthewWe return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 8:1-4

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

Reflect

This man had a virtually incurable disease that made him an outcast from society, and yet he had a faith in Jesus that he believed could transform his circumstances.

Respond

Why do you think Jesus told him to carry through with the formality of having a priest verify his healing? How might sharing our prayers that God has answered be important to others? Has your faith been encouraged and strengthened by an answer to prayer another Christian has told you about?

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