Earlier in Matthew 8, after Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount, He healed a leper and then a paralyzed servant.
Now He’s at Peter’s house and sees Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
So Jesus did what He always does when He’s confronted with sickness. He heals.
And later that night, sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Him and He healed them all.
Two things stick out in this section for me.
First, Jesus is the same everywhere he goes. He’s not a different person with the crowd than He is with His friends. He doesn’t have a different agenda in private than He does in public. He’s just Jesus. Wherever He is and whoever He’s with. He sees everybody and He has compassion for anyone who’s hurting.
And second, He never met a sickness or disease or demon He couldn’t handle. Or didn’t want to handle. His priority was making things whole again, bringing things back into alignment with how they were intended to be.
That’s still His priority. Bringing things – and especially people – back into alignment with how they were intended to be.
What are God’s intentions for you and your life?
What’s going on in your life now that reveals how He’s working to bring you back into alignment with those intentions?
How well are you cooperating with His plan?
14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 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. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”