Matthew 8



Matthew 8 illustrates Jesus' authority over sickness, nature, demons, and the challenges of discipleship. The chapter emphasizes both Jesus' compassionate healing ministry and the demands of following him.


  1. Healing of a Leper (Matthew 8:1-4): Jesus heals a man with leprosy, demonstrating his power to cleanse and restore health. The healed man is instructed by Jesus to show himself to the priest as a testimony.

  2. Healing of the Centurion's Servant (Matthew 8:5-13): A Roman centurion approaches Jesus, seeking healing for his paralyzed servant. The centurion expresses his faith in Jesus' authority, stating that a word from Jesus is sufficient. Jesus commends the centurion's faith and heals the servant from a distance.

  3. Healing of Peter's Mother-in-law (Matthew 8:14-15): Jesus goes to Peter's house and heals his mother-in-law, who is sick with a fever. She immediately recovers and begins to serve them.

  4. Many Others Healed (Matthew 8:16-17): Matthew highlights Jesus' widespread healing ministry, fulfilling the prophecy from Isaiah 53:4 about the Messiah taking our infirmities and bearing our diseases.

  5. Cost of Discipleship (Matthew 8:18-22): Jesus discusses the challenges and sacrifices associated with discipleship. He emphasizes the need for commitment and the willingness to prioritize following him over personal comforts and family ties.

  6. Calming the Storm (Matthew 8:23-27): Jesus and his disciples encounter a severe storm while crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus rebukes the storm, demonstrating his authority over nature, and the sea becomes calm. The disciples marvel at his power.

  7. Healing of the Gadarene Demoniacs (Matthew 8:28-34): Jesus arrives in the region of the Gadarenes, where he encounters two demon-possessed men. He casts the demons into a herd of pigs, which then run into the sea and drown. The people of the region, fearing Jesus' power, ask him to leave.