He Took Up Our Infirmities, Matthew 8:1-17

‘ He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases,’ verse 17, closes this section and is a reference to a portion of the prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 53 where in verse 4 it says, ‘ Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering.’ These miracles of Jesus foreshadow something greater than physical healing. The physical healing that he offered gave evidence of who he was and fulfilled prophecy. Most importantly, here was God as a man who would offer something greater: forgiveness and salvation.

Here was the one who would demonstrate his power in resurrection and would become the only one who would be able to look at my stinking, rotten, sin ridden life, and say ‘ not so.’ In so doing, I would become as clean on the inside as the man healed of leprosy was on the outside. When he says to me he is willing, I can say he took up my infirmities. He took up my infirmities should be the central message in all of my personal testimonies. As well as, the collective statement from my Christian community.

Read Matthew 8:1-17

  1. How often do I think about and share how Jesus took up my infirmities?
  2. Is ‘ he took up our infirmities,’ a collective testimony of my church? If not, why not?
  3. If my church’s central message were to become ‘ he took up my infirmities,’ how would this change my approach to my city or town?

Passage for Meditation

He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases. Matthew 8:17b

Prayer

Father thank you for healing my infirmities and diseases. Help me to remember your wonderful gift and how you canceled the burden of sin through your death and resurrection. Only through you can I have a new life. Only you can reset my life and make my sins ‘ not so.’ Let me never forget where I came from and what you are making me into. Help me to make ‘ he took up our infirmities and bore our diseases’ the central message in my personal and collective testimony.

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