"Healing Jesus" Part 4
Pastor Wayne Clabaugh
In the WORD/In The Garden - Matthew

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Scripture: "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." Matthew 8:17 (KJV)

In our last devotional together, we spoke of how our Lord, in compassion, touched the hand of Peter's mother-in-law and healed her of the fever.  We brought out the all important attribute of faith in action displayed when after being healed, she rose from her sick-bed and began to minister unto the Lord. That is a "key" attribute to living and "walking" in the faith of our healing.

As we look at our scripture text for today, let's return to our story that takes place in Peter's home: this is so rich and so powerful, that I don't want you to miss it.

When Jesus entered the rooms of Peter's house, the Bible says He "saw" Peter's Mother-in-law "laid" down sick from the fever. I had a couple of people write in and ask where I got the idea that Peter's Mother in law had passed out as they didn't find that in the scriptures so let me quickly explain. Let's first revisit that verse from yesterday.

"And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.  And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them." Matthew 8:14,15 (KJV)

That word "saw" is taken from the root word meaning to "perceive".  Remember that, and we'll come back to it in a minute. Then, looking at the word for "laid" in the Greek which is "ballo" <bal'-lo> we see that it actually describes  a throwing down of something or a casting of something with no care as to where it will land. So, from that I reasoned that it was possible that what Jesus and Peter walked in on and found, was that Peter's mother-in-law had passed out, and was sprawled out there on the floor.

Let's go back to our text for today for a minute.

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." Matthew 8:17 (KJV)

There are a couple of questions that beg to be asked and answered here in the passage. Was that touch of the Mother-in-laws hand in any way symbolic of the part of the verse that says, "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses"? Furthermore, "Why was it important for Him to touch her?"

Some have said that the actual translation is referring to a "feeling of her pulse".  I would guess that if you were a paramedic or a Doctor or Nurse on the scene of someone passed out on the floor of their home, that might be one of the first things you would do. But we're talking about Jesus!

Some have said that it was an act of compassion and that when He touched her, power passed through His hand into hers and touched her entire body. We know this to be one of the ways in which Jesus bestowed His healing power on people ... case in point the little lady with an issue of blood (ref., Matthew 9:20) who crawled through the crowd to get to Jesus just to touch he hem of His Garment. When she had - Jesus asked, "who touched me?' Think of it, this had to be a special touch for a special need as there were people all around him: it could have been anyone. But Jesus was looking for that one who touched Him in faith - it was her faith that connected with Jesus. (ref., Luke 8:46)  I hope you're getting this  You see this little lady crawled all of the way on her hands and knees to get to Jesus, just to touch the hem (Tassel) of His garment that she might be made whole. Knee to hand, knee to hand ... and with every shuffle from one knee to the other she grew stronger. Oh friend drop to your knees and begin seeking God this morning. You may not receive the audience that others may seek, but if you come in the faith to believe that no matter what the obstacle, no matter what the circumstance you know that if you can but call out His Name; if you can but reach through what seems to be utter darkness expecting Him to meet you at the source of your need, you will not be denied. Getting closer to Jesus does that to us.

But, what was it about touching her hand that was so important here? If we look at the scripture that surrounds some of these accounts we can actually see the mind-set of Jesus. The first account has to do with an entirely different subject Jesus was dealing with the Pharisees about - but we see that Jesus was always thinking like a Shepherd who cared for His Sheep. look at it with me there in Matthew 12, verse 11:

"And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?" Mt.12:11 (KJV)

No look at the same account of Peter's mother-in-law found in the 1st chapter of Mark and the 31st verse. We read there...

"And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them". Mk.1:31 (KJV)

Now, if you will indulge me here... let's quickly look at the account of the young boy who was filled with a demon and would cast himself into fires, and on the ground trying to hurt himself. The WORD tells there in Mark 9:27 that after Jesus cast out the demon - He reached down and lifted him up. Read it with me ...

"But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose". Mk. 9:27 (KJV)

Okay - let me put this all together here for you so you can see where I've been going with this whole message.

Regardless of a person's standing in life, Satan's purpose is to destroy. He wants you and I to be utterly cast down  - not just physically, but mentally, and certainly spiritually. He attacks us through our families, and through our physical bodies; he attacks us through our minds and steals our hope and our joy, often leaving us lifeless.

Now, a fever tells us that the immune system of the physical body has been tampered with. Oh I don't think you heard me. A fever tells us that the immune system of the physical body has been tampered with - and where is the immune system? It's in the blood! O Praise the Lord - What A Savior!  Listen to this ... without Jesus ... you and I are susceptible to compromise in the immune system. We begin to break down, and we become weak and give into temptation. Eventually the enemy so breaks us down that we are "ballo" <bal'-lo> "cast down" with no care as to how we will land or how we will end up.  Ah - but Jesus the Savior comes along and touches us and lifts us up and sets our feet on solid ground. Some of us may have to crawl (metaphorically speaking) like the woman who had an issue of blood - not because He is so high and mighty and we are so lowly and insignificant; but because that's where we've been left by the choices we have made up until now. We have allowed the world and the prince of darkness to lead us down pathways that promised "good things" with elaborate perks. But somewhere in the shadows and uncertainty of that life - he reached out of the darkness and begin to systematically beat us down. It may have started in missing church one Sunday - or it may have began with our disobedience in tithing, but soon, our immune system had been compromised and when he had beat us up 'till we were no longer any fun even for him - he "ballo" <bal'-lo> cast us down, and just left us to die.

But friend, there was a promise way back in Isaiah 53 which spoke about those who had been utterly cast down. It told us of a man called "Himself". Everybody say "Himself"! Hallelujah. The WORD said that "Himself" took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses ...  and It told us that "Himself "...

"...hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed".

O My friend - This "Himself" is none other than Jesus - Our Lord and Savior, High Priest, and King!  But He was first and foremost our "lifter-upper".  He came for that purpose!  O Brother  O Sister - have you been utterly cast down? Have you been laying there just waiting for someone to come along and rescue you from yourself?  Well, I've got GOOD NEWS for you today because The Healing Jesus wants to give you a blood transfusion, and make you every whit whole!  Let's Pray.

Father God: (Make this your prayer and pray it with me today)

I think of all the ways that you can heal the body - yet nothing is as important as the soul. I ask that you would come and touch every part of my body mind and spirit, and take my hand and lift me out of the sickness of my life. I receive your blood transfusion in my life this day, and ask that you will leave no part of my body untouched. In Jesus' Name I Pray, Amen.

 

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