Matthew 9: Notes on Family
FAMILY – 1). Jesus went to His own town (Capernaum). (v.1) In the midst of busyness and ministry, it always feels good to go home. Jesus didn’t neglect His roots, He made sure to visit there from time to time. We can't neglect our families. Unfortunately, there are many leaders who serve all kinds of people but avoid their own families and closest loved ones. Let that not be the case with us. 2). Jesus cured the man and sent him home. (v.6) The first place that Jesus wanted him to go to was back to his family and his home. Previously, he had been a burden, but now, he will be a blessing. Jesus didn’t just touch this man’s life, but the lives of his family as well. 3). Jesus went home, after being sent away by the people of the Gadarenes at the end of the previous chapter. (v.1) When we are rejected by everyone else, we should be able to find acceptance at home. Let our homes be places of sanctuary from the evils of this world.
FAMILY – 1). The ruler asked Jesus to bring his dead daughter back to life. (v.18) He had quickly dropped everything, humbled himself, and knelt at Jesus’ feet, not on his own behalf but for the sake of his beloved daughter. We should always be willing to put everything aside in sacrifice for the benefit of our loved ones. 2). Jesus called the sick woman, daughter. (v.22) This was a term of significant affection; he loved this mysterious lady like a father would love a daughter. He was on his way to heal a man’s daughter, but in the process He healed one of His own daughters. We don’t know if this lady had a tough family life, or if she didn’t have a loving father, but surely this statement meant as much to her as the miraculous physical healing. Jesus won’t just touch our bodies, He’ll touch our souls as well.