At Peter’s house, Jesus finds Peter’s mother-in-law sick with fever. He touches her hand, and the fever dissipates. She gets right up and waits on Him. Maybe Peter is a little frantic at this point; his mother-in-law is very ill, now she’s up serving drinks and dinner to God! Nevertheless, she’s healthy again and ready to work.
Many are brought to Peter’s house — some with demons, others with sicknesses. “With a Word” Jesus “heals all who are sick” and “casts out” the oppressing spirits.
In some accounts of healing, Jesus says, “Go, your faith makes you well.” But in this account, Matthew reminds us that Jesus heals all who come or are brought to Him. With a touch or with a Word, Jesus heals all, not some.
“He has no form or majesty that we should look at Him. He is despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He is despised, and we esteem Him not. Surely He bears our griefs and carries our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He is wounded for our transgressions; he is crushed for our iniquities; upon Him is the chastisement that brings us peace, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep are gone astray; we are turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord lays on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:2-6, ESV)