Matthew 8:14-17

Jesus heals Peter’s Mother in law and once again Jesus is not only proving He is the Messiah but He is also changing the mindset of how people should be viewed.  A Male Jew would pray every morning thanking God that they were not a Gentile, a Slave, and a Woman.  Jesus healed the Leper, He answered a Gentile Roman Centurion request for his slave to be healed and now Jesus heals a woman. All three of these recorded by Matthew would have been considered outcast or lower class citizens by the people of the day. Jesus is showing that in God’s Kingdom people should not be looked down on because of their status, race or gender.

We do not know the disease that that the Mother in Law had but we do know  for a person to be in bed meant they were really sick. It is not like our day if you are not feeling well you can just call in sick or go take a nap. There was always things to do and if she did not do them then they were not going to get done. Some say it was a life threatening disease and although we do not know for sure we know this was not some superficial miracle that Jesus performed. As soon as Jesus healed her she began serving Jesus and others which is how we should be after we have been healed (saved) by Jesus.

After this miracle people began bringing all of their sick and demon possessed to Jesus for healing. They came at night possibly because it was the Sabbath which would have ended at sundown. Jesus did not discriminate in His healing and He did not ask if they were born that way, if they were in an accident or if they became a certain way because of their own actions. This is the same thing Jesus offers with forgiveness of our sins. It does not matter how good or bad you are we just have to go to Jesus to be forgiven of the things we have done.

 

1)    Deception is the enemies greatest tool

I start with this because Romans 12:1-2 talks about how we need to be renewed by our minds. Many people today have false views and false doctrines that corrupt who they are and their view of God. If you read Revelation 12:9 and 20:3 those verses talk about Satan’s deception over the nations. I have always wondered with all the people that Jesus healed what happened to them at the time of His crucifixion. Did anyone yell out that He healed them? Did they stand along the road and just look confused and bewildered by the events taking place? We will never know but the truth is that no amount of proof will convince someone that Jesus is the messiah if they have the wrong view of who He should be and what He should do.

“The proofs of His divinity, His power, and His goodness were obvious and beyond contradiction. Yet, as the evidence increased, so did the resistance and rejection.” John MacArthur

  • John 1:11 says “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him”
  • John 5:38-40 says that the scriptures proved He was the Messiah yet they still refused to believe Him
  • Matthew 7:29 says they were amazed by His authority in His teaching
  • John 7:46 No one has spoken the way Jesus spoke
  • John 8:46 says they could find no wrong in Him
  • John 9 tells the story of a Blind man who received sight and said this must be from God.

Then why with all the evidence that Jesus proved He was God did the people still reject Him? Proof is not the answer to always convince someone, they have to want to know the truth. Just like in Luke 19, Jesus Himself tells them the answer, and that is simply, they do not want this man to be their King

John 3:19-20 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

The real problem is not if there is proof that Jesus is who He says He is, the real problem is people do not want anyone telling them that their life is not where it should be. If you do not want to adjust your life to Christ then you will do all you can to say that He is not who He or anyone else said He is. It comes down to who gets to be God of your life. Either you are god or God is God and there is not middle ground.

Some people refuse to go to the Doctor because if they go then they find out all of these things about their health which then forces them to change their lifestyle. It is the same way with us. If we come to Christ, in one way it cost us nothing, but then again it cost us everything. Salvation is free but Jesus wants total control of your life. Just like earlier in Matthew Jesus continued to say “You have heard it said” because the Teachers of the day made it possible to earn their way to heaven on their own merit and not through the sacrifice of the Messiah. We have to know the truth and the truth will set us free. (John 8:32)

So the first area you may need healing in is your mind and that is only going to come as you renew your mind with the truth of God’s Word.

Have you ever thought through what you believe and why you believe it?

Have you ever questioned a religious teachers teaching to see if it matches up with God’s Word?

Do not let the enemy deceive you anymore with justifying areas of your life that need to be taken to Christ.

2)    Sin is the sickness that we need healing from

Remember, although Jesus did many miracles that is not why He came to earth. He came to die for our sins releasing the penalty of death and eternal seperation from God. If you believe you can earn your way into the presence of a Holy God on your own then you need to reread the book of Romans and especially chapter 6.

“Disease is not the true enemy to be overcome: that enemy is sin, for the fallen world produced by sin lies ultimately behind the suffering  and the sickness of this age. (Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament)

Everyone Jesus healed, including those He raised from the dead, still died. When sin entered the world so did death and with that Jesus had to come and die and then raise Himself back up  again showing that He has the power over it.  (John 10:18)

One of the beauties of the Christian faith is that we are not looking to make this heaven but we look forward to the day that this earth passes away with all the heartache and pain that accompanies it.

Revelation 21:1-5A 1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!

Is this not the day we look forward to and long for?

Romans 8:22-23 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to son ship, the redemption of our bodies.

Revelation 22:3 tell us that the curse is overthrown.

Any blessing we get from following Christ cannot be viewed separately from the forgiveness of our sins which put us in a right relationship with God. To focus only on being healed and blessed in this life is to miss why Christ came and what our focus should be.

Colossians 1:15-20 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

If sin is the true disease then we need to focus on the healing that comes through the cross more than the healing of our physical nature which will still pass away.

Jesus died on the cross for our sin not our sickness. When He said “it is finished” He was declaring that the path to God is open for all who would go through Him for forgiveness. (John 14:6)

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

We will one day be healed for eternity and until that time we struggle with the pains of this life.  The good news is we can overcome any sin that we face through the cross of Christ. With Christ, no matter what sin you have committed or what stage of life you are in, you can be forgiven and healed spiritually from the penalty of death.

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