On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/22/21), Hank returns to teaching through the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 8. Jesus’ third miracle in this chapter takes place at Peter’s house and is the fountainhead of an avalanche of miracles. “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. 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. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:14-17 NIV). Here, as elsewhere in Matthew’s Gospel, we are reminded that Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. That He was “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). And not only is Jesus the fulfillment of our spiritual healing, but by quoting Isaiah, Matthew identifies Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament in that He did what no one else could have done. He “healed all the sick.” “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” All such healings point to Jesus as the redemption of ailing humanity.

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