Gospels in 40 Days – March 8
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Matthew 1-3
MOST OF IT: Matthew 4:23-25 and 5:1-11, or
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Matthew 4:23-25
What things in your life can you ask Jesus to heal?
Healing | Rebecca Hoyt
Matthew 4:23-25 – Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
My Bible notes these verses display the threefold ministry of Christ of teaching, preaching, and healing while he was on earth. He taught in their synagogues. During the exile, the Jewish nation was cut off from worshipping in the temple, so synagogues became the centers of worship, community, discipline, and religious instruction. Christ’s preaching and healing ministry was well underway before he delivered the Sermon on the Mount. News about him had spread as far as the region of Syria with its heavy Gentile population. The “darkness” that plagued the people of Galilee and beyond was demonstrated by various kinds of sufferings and ailments Christ healed.
Physical healing is something my family needs right now. I have been praying for healing every day for over two months now for my daughter’s issue, and now my husband has been having bad back pain. So God’s healing touch in our lives has been on my mind a lot lately. We need healing from physical stuff but also healing in every aspect of our lives- spiritual, emotional, …that made me ask the question what else in my life do I need healing from? Then I need to be still and listen for God’s answer.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your healing power, for Your love and mercy. Please heal my heart; please take any yuck I have in it and make it clean. Please heal my family completely. And thank You for the Hope of being healed soon.
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