In Matthew 8:14-15 there is a brief but potent account regarding Peter’s mother-in-law, beset with a fever as the Creator of the universe visited Peter’s home. I would imagine that she felt compelled within herself to not only greet Jesus, but rise and serve this wonderful Guest. However, she could not due to a fever.
It is good to think of her as representing all women and, really, all people too. While you might say you are not a mother, that you do not have children, in some way we all have children, for we affect the lives of many, for good or for bad. And, like all people, we are tainted with a sin nature, which the fever mentioned in this passage can represent. Despite this, Christ offers seven blessings.
“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house…” While God is present everywhere at all times, we need to enter into that presence. We should want to sense His glorious presence in our house, in our very being. The way to experience this is to worship and praise our Creator. The way to sustain it is to make Jesus Christ King of our life.
“… He saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.” It is wonderful to know we have a God Who is not distant, as thought of by Deists. God did not let the universe just run on its own after He created it, but remains an active part in all aspects of His creation.
Just as Christ perceived Peter’s mother-in-law had a fever, He very well knows how we can be beset by sin, or see our efforts on others affected by sin. And, He is willing to do something about it.
His Personal Touch
“And he touched …” Though He is holy, in mercy He desires to actually touch us. He took time to bless children and was very willing to touch a leprous man. So He will touch us even though we have been hounded by sin provided that we are willing to let Him touch us.
Public domain image by Charles Foster from the author’s collection
“…her hand,…” As I read this it seems to me this expresses the fact that Christ knew of her inner desire to serve. Indeed, we often get weary in serving as we battle the forces of sin, or even when sin affects us. Nonetheless, our precious Savior is willing to touch us right at the point of our need if we want Him to, liberating us to do what we have been designed to do: serve God and others.
“..and the fever left her:” If we truly accept the touch of Christ then the weakening forces of sin will be set a naught as we let Messiah work in us. Victory can be ours if we desire the presence of Christ more than the spiritually infectious ways of the world.
His Filling with Power
“… and she arose,” certainly should cause us to think of the resurrection power of Christ. By His strength we are to live above this present world, setting our mind upon eternal matters and not earthly entanglements.
And with Purpose
“… and ministered unto them.” One cannot refuse to serve If they truly love Messiah. And He certainly loves us enough to enable us to live a purposeful life. Satan would often prefer that we do nothing for God. However, God designed us with purpose toward performing His good pleasure and benefitting our fellow man.
Similar to the thoughts as presented in a message I delivered, It’s Great To Have Jesus On Board, things change as we unreservedly permit His powerful presence in our lives.
Is Messiah in charge of your life? If not, ask Him to cleanse you from sin and take up residence within you. Enjoy His blessings of motherhood as they liberate you to bless in greater ways your loved ones and those you come in contact with.