Large crowds follow after Jesus. A leper comes to Him, asking to be made clean. Jesus touches and miraculously heals the leper instantly. This is Matthew’s first specific account of Jesus miraculously healing someone.
Matthew gives his second account of a specific miracle of Jesus. Jesus heals the servant of a Roman centurion of great faith. Jesus marvels at this centurion’s faith and makes an important and stunning point to His disciples.
Matthew records his third account of a specific miracle. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. Later that evening some people bring Him many who were demon-possessed. Jesus frees them from their spiritual bondage.
As the crowds gather around Jesus, He gives orders to His disciples to go “to the other side” of the sea of Galilee where the Gentiles live. Two disciples come to Him, one who expresses willingness to follow, the other who mentions an obligation.
Jesus gets into the boat to go to the other side of the sea and His disciples follow Him. As they cross the sea, a great storm arises and threatens to sink their boat and drown them all. Jesus is fast asleep. The disciples wake Him and ask Him to save them.
Jesus and His disciples arrive on the other side of the sea on the eastern shore in the Greco-Roman province called the Decapolis. Two violent, demon-possessed men come out to meet them and shout at Jesus, calling Him the “Son of God.”
The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
Matthew continues to present Jesus as the God-man sent from heaven, as Israel’s Messiah, and as the long-awaited King, the Son of David. He shares three examples of Jesus miraculously healing people during His ministry in Capernaum. Jesus then decides to take His ministry to the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee to the Greco-Roman province called the Decapolis. On the way He quiets a terrible storm. Upon arrival He casts out demons from two demon-possessed men. Throughout these episodes we see Jesus’s power over sickness, His power over a storm, and His power over the spiritual realm.