JESUS HEALS PETER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW
Remember that Jesus Christ is in Capernaum and we now find He is about to enter into the house of one His chosen disciples, i.e. one of His elect, Peter, who we discover was a married man. So much for celibacy!
Jesus Christ takes care of His own and oft times He intercedes on the behalf of His elect without their even asking... of which we have an example right here. For when Christ saw Peter's mother-in-law "laid" or "laid out" on her death bed about to die, He took it upon Himself to touch her "hand" and heal her. And one little touch from the Lord is all that is needed to make one whole.Matthew 8:14
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
The "hand" is symbolic of doing work and so we see that when He touched her she immediately arose and began to serve in the body of Christ. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
It is the power of His Word, the Word of God, that is able to cast out evil spirits and it is He, not the power of some priest or "faith healer" who heals the sick, even the spiritually sick.Matthew 8:16
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:
What is it we are to learn from this?
Jesus Christ would not only pay the price and shed His blood upon the cross that we might be "cleansed" and set free as a bird in the open field, i.e. free from death, but He also took "the chastisement of our peace" in our stead. In other words, He took the beating and the lashing with the Roman cat of nine tails, so that He "bare our sicknesses", so that we might be healed. You see, "It is Written" in Isa. 53:4-5 and as it was written, so it was fulfilled:That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
What truly marvelous lessons we have learned today from the greatest Teacher of all teachers. And the more we learn of His love and "see" His marvelous works, the closer we are drawn to Him in communion through the wine and the bread which symbolize the blood He shed for our transgressions and stripes He endured for our infirmities.Isaiah 53:4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
What a wonderful God we serve!
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