This morning, we study another example of the compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ as He heals the mother-in-law of Peter. Examining the passage in some detail, we look at the following questions:

  • Why did Jesus do these healing miracles?
  • What can we learn from the fact that Peter had a house and a wife?
  • What can we learn from the fact that Peter’s mother-in-law was staying in Peter’s house?
  • What can we learn from the way Jesus dealt with the mother-in-law?
  • What can we learn from the response of the mother-in-law once healed?
  • What can we learn from the fact that Jesus went on to heal many sick people in Capernaum?
  • In what ways was Christ fulfilling the words of Isaiah in Isa 53:4, which is quoted here by Matthew?

We are encouraged to see the compassion of Christ for our physical afflictions but are shown that His compassion extends to our much more significant affliction - sin. Those who have come to Christ and known His forgiveness are encouraged to respond in affection and service, as Peter’s mother-in-law did. Those who are still without Christ are urged to repent and believe on Him for salvation and then to go on to serve Him wholeheartedly.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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