Jesus Heals a Soldier's Servant
General Idea: Following Jesus' great message to the multitudes, He moves from the crowds to the ministering of the individual needs of people. Real ministry is not the glamour of a big pulpit, but rather the trenches, ministering to the hurting and needy. It is sad to see so many big-name preachers never take the time to do real ministry, or exercise faith by following the example given by our Lord. Matthew's purpose, perhaps, was to challenge racial stereotypes and encourage the Gentiles, while further motivating the Jews to see the importance of the Gentile mission. This becomes cemented with an especially incredible miracle where Jesus did not even go to the person; He just said the word, and a man was healed.