Matthew 8:11-12 is an interesting and important text in the discussion of eschatology. There are 5 key points that make this text powerful in exposing the weakness of end times paradigms that focus on the future. From these two verses we can learn of the time of Jesus' return, the resurrection, coming of the kingdom, role of Israel and a response to the charge of replacement theology.
Occasion of the Text
The verses appear between a conversation Jesus had with a Roman centurion who desired help for his paralyzed servant. His faith in Jesus was so strong that he confidently asked the Lord to heal by his word without making a personal visit to his home.
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