And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her,
and she rose and began to serve him.
(Matthew 8:14–15 ESV)
Prior to Jesus entering Peter’s home, He had healed a leper saying, I am willing; be cleansed. Then He healed the servant of a centurion saying, I will come and heal him. The leper had bowed low in faith, and the centurion came imploring Him in faith, on behalf of his servant. Both knew and understood that Jesus is the Christ. Their lives were forever changed because of faith in Jesus and their expectation of Christ being exactly who He said He was.
When He saw Peter’s mother-in-law, lying ill, He reached for her and touched her hand. The fever left her, and she got up. Her response to being healed was to wait on Him. Although she had not asked to be healed, He was exactly who He says He is. He is compassionate: He touched her hand. He is a servant leader: He is willing. He is longsuffering: He will come.
While we were His enemies, He saw us – far off and in our sins. He willingly came, touched us, and made the impossible possible. Our response should mirror that of Peter’s mother-in-law. Break free from your sins, and serve Him. What other response can we have once we realize the penalty we could never pay has been paid, and a gulf too wide to cross has been connected. The apostle John announced, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 ESV)