In the Moving Out series, we'll stretch our worldview by describing Jesus' vision for living in the kingdom of God, and looking at pictures of how the King builds this kingdom. Join us in taking the next step outside our walls in this journey of kingdom-building.
Read Matthew 8:14-17
When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
Now you can answer the trivia question, "Were any of the disciples married?" This paragraph shows Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law. By this time, Jesus' reputation as a healer has been firmly established. That evening many who needed healing from diseases or demon-possession were brought to him, and Matthew simply reports that Jesus healed them all. This divine power to heal had been prophesied in the Old Testament as one of the marks of the Messiah who God would send.
Many are skeptical of divine healing, and plenty of phony faith-healers have been exposed. These accounts of healings by Jesus would also have been exposed as untrue by the people in towns like Capernaum, where Peter and his family lived, if they hadn’t actually happened as Matthew reported. Thank God for this historically accurate account of the life and ministry of Jesus.