Hope for the Hopeless

Read Isaiah 40:1-11, 27-31 with Matthew 9:14-26

These next series of miracles in Matthew 9 reflect upon, not Jesus' authority as the miracles of chapter 8 did, but upon the hope of the gospel Jesus brings to sinners. In today's text Jesus is dealing with matters that would challenge hope - the surety of eternal life and assurance in the sufficiency of Christ Jesus - such things as legalism, superstition, and fear of death. We also see the Lord Jesus gently and graciously restoring true hope in his mercy.