TEXT: Matthew 8:14-17
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Now we come to the third record of Jesus healing someone in this passage. From the way these healing miracles are reported, it appears as though they all happened as Jesus and His disciples were on their way from the location of the Sermon on the Mount to Peter’s house in the city of Capernaum. First the leper met them and was healed, then the centurion met them and requested healing for his servant. Now, Jesus and His disciples are in Peter’s house where we find that Peter’s mother-in-law is sick.
The Evangelical Commentary On the Bible, edited by Walter A. Elwell, states, “[In these verses,] Jesus continues his healing ministry. By his touch, Jesus expels a fever, and by his word he drives out demons. In verse 17, Matthew does not restrict the prophecy of Isaiah to purely spiritual maladies. Yet the One who carries infirmities bears iniquities too; Jesus’ healing of diseases cannot be separated from his forgiveness of sins or from the death that secures forgiveness.”
Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes, “[Peter’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and Peter and Andrew [according to the parallel account in Mark] told Jesus about her need when they all arrived home after the synagogue service. Women did not hold a high position in Israel, and it is doubtful that a Pharisee would have paid much attention to the need in Peter’s home. Jesus healed her with a touch, and she responded by serving Him and the other men.”
The mention of Peter’s wife and his mother-in-law is significant. Throughout His ministry, Jesus tended to the needs and requests of women when any other religious leader would have passed them by. It is also significant because it undermines the Catholic Church’s establishment of celibacy as a requirement for its priests. This passage shows us that Peter, whom they claim their popes succeed, was married. In fact, tradition states that the only disciple who wasn’t married was John.
Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law might seem “minor” when compared to the healing of the leper or the centurion’s servant. After all, she had a fever that would have likely passed in a few hours or just a day or two. However, it shows us that Jesus is concerned about what affects all of His creation, no matter how small it may seem.
Unlike the accounts of the two previous healings, this account shows us the aftermath of someone who has received healing from Jesus. Matthew writes, “She arose, and ministered unto them.” This reminds us that Jesus heals us not just to celebrate and revel in our blessings, but to turn around and minister to Him and for Him to others. Everyone we meet may not receive a miracle healing or miracle blessing, but God can use us to serve, bless, and comfort others we meet along the way.
Thomas Jervis wrote:
How vast is the tribute I owe
Of gratitude, homage, and praise
To God, who gives all I possess,
The life and the length of my days!
When sorrows I dreaded were come,
I poured out my sighs and my tears;
To Him, who alone can relieve,
My soul breathed my vows and my prayers.
Great source of my comforts restored!
Thou healer and balm of my woes!
Thou hope and desire of my soul!
Thy mercy no plague can oppose.
How boundless the gratitude due
To Thee, O Thou God of my praise!
The fountain of all I possess,
The life and the light of my days!
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.