Summary: Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law and drives out demons. A discussion of how Jesus fulfilled Messianic prophecy.
We’re in a series from Matthew studying the Parables and Miracles of Jesus. Every time you come to church you can be sure that the main theme is Jesus. And remember, there’s a parable in every miracle and a miracle in every parable.
Today we’re going to look at some of the healing miracles of Jesus. One Sunday, a pastor asked, “Does anyone need special prayer?” Old Frank stood up and said, “Pastor will you pray for my hearing?” The pastor motioned for Frank to walk down to the front of the church and when Frank arrived, the preacher slapped both of his palms over Frank’s ears and began to pray in a loud voice, “Dear Lord, restore Frank’s hearing. In Jesus’ name Amen!” Then the preacher said, “Well, Frank, how is your hearing now?” Frank was a little startled and he finally said, “I don’t know preacher, my hearing isn’t until next Wednesday at the courthouse!”
We sometimes misunderstand what others really need, but Jesus knows exactly what you need today, and He is STILL performing miracles.
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 our infirmities and carried our diseases.’”
There are a variety of miracles in this passage. We don’t know much about Simon Peter’s family, but we know he was married, because his mother-in-law was ill and Jesus healed her. Ron Dunn used to say that’s probably why Peter later denied the Lord three times! In addition to that specific miracle, Jesus cast out demons and healed the sick. Some people say all sickness is due to demonic influence, but that’s not true. Our text says Jesus drove out demons and healed the sick. Just because you have the flu doesn’t mean you are under demonic attack. But other than the miracles of healing and liberation from demons, there is a MAJOR miracle in this passage that you might miss unless you are looking for it.
I. THE MIRACLE OF FULFILLMENT
After Matthew reported these various miracles he wrote, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our infirmities and carried our diseases.’” (Matthew 8:17) Fifteen times in Matthew we read that exact phrase, “This was to fulfill what was written.” Matthew quotes the Old Testament 36 times in his 28 chapters—far more than Mark, Luke, or John. Don’t forget, Matthew was a tax collector before he became a disciple. As a CPA, his job was to reconcile columns of figures. As he wrote his account of Jesus’ life, he was comparing two columns: On one side were the Old Testament predictions about the Messiah, and on the other side were the details of Jesus’ life. As an accounting type, he couldn’t miss the fact the two columns agreed!