Matthew 17:14-27 Read the New Testament in a Year: Acts 24 Jesus came to deal with suffering (17:22–23), and ultimately to remove all suffering, through the cross and resurrection. At the heart of the universe is the suffering of God on the cross: ‘“The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him – and three days later he will be raised alive.” The disciples felt terrible’ (vv.22–23). They did not understand that what humans intended for evil, God intended for good – the saving of many lives. What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good. He was able to take the greatest evil ever committed (the killing of the Son of God) and use it for the greatest good (the salvation of humankind). The healing of the boy with epilepsy (v.18) is a foretaste of a time when there will be no more sickness or suffering. The death and resurrection of Jesus means that no one need ‘be thrown into the fire of hell’ (18:9).]]>