Matthew 7.28-8.4

One of the greatest themes that Matthew develops in his Gospel is Jesus’ authority. From the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus claims astounding authority for Himself. Who can make binding blessings and judgments? Who can demand obedience? God alone. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus claims for Himself. Then, proving it to His disciples, He heals a leper. In touching the leper, He risks being rendered unclean according to the Law, but instead He infects the leper with His purity.