He goes, but with a broken heart.

Posted: 29th October 2012 by Sam McDonald in Book of Matthew

The heart of worship

In reading Matthew chapters 8 and 9 we see Jesus perform many miracles but I think we should notice something else here as well.

(Mat 8:2)  And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

(Mat 8:3)  Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

The leper ASKed Jesus, and Jesus healed him.

(Mat 8:5)  And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him,

(Mat 8:6)  and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.”

The Capernaum ASKed Jesus and He said yes.

Now look what happens starting in Mat_8:29

Jesus is met by demon-possessed men. And without being asked He cast the demons out. And when the herds men told the town they all came and implored Him to leave.

Here’s my point. In Matthew 9:1 Immediately following Matthew 8:34 Jesus gets in a boat and leaves. He doesn’t say, “didn’t you just see what I did?”. He doesn’t stay and try and change their minds. He gets in His boat and leaves.

Unfortunately we have that option in our lives; to say Jesus just go. We have the option to see his good works and say, you know its not for me just go Jesus, I can do better on my own. When we do that; do you know what Jesus does? He goes. Be careful what you ask for.

Jesus didn’t come to force Himself into your life. He came to heal the broken, comfort the hurting, and most of all to cover our sin. He came to do what we couldn’t do, to pay the price, to lay down His life in our place.

Ask for your sins to be forgive and He is willing.
Ask for Him to leave and He leaves; but I believe He leaves with a broken heart and pain for the loss of one that He loves.

There is so much more to learn here and I would encourage everyone to dig in and learn what the Lord has to show you.