27 January 2010

Jesus Heals, People Serve

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.   Mark 1:29-34

  • It's easy to forget because it's not discussed much in the Bible, but these disciples of Jesus had families.  Not just mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, but wives and children as well.  I wonder what Peter's wife thought about Peter's choice to leave his fishing business to follow and learn from this new rabbi?
  • Consider the perspective of Peter's mother-in-law.  Her family is so worried about her, they told Peter's new rabbi, who had just driven out an unclean spirit, about her bed-ridden state.  He heals her.  Immediately, it is written, she began to serve.  What a wonderful picture of someone healed by Jesus.  The reason our Father blesses us is so that He can use us to bless others. 
  • And Peter's mother-in-law was in for a long day of serving because the whole town was about to gather at her door asking for Jesus' help.  How crazy a day!  She starts out with a critical illness and it ends with her helping Jesus as he cures others with critical illnesses.  May we have the same heart as Peter's mother-in-law.  May we not be content with the healing he has given our own lives, but keep serving others with joy as we see Jesus heal others.
  • Any doubts Peter's wife had about Peter following Jesus had to have been eliminated by this magnificent day.

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