Luke 4:38-41 – Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
This account is recorded in each of the first three Gospels. It provides the insight that Peter was married and, on this occasion, his wife’s mother was quite sick. Jesus was asked to help her. Those who asked Him apparently knew something of His power and ability to make the sick well again and we all would do well to intercede on behalf of the sick. Jesus did not disappoint them. He bent over Peter’s mother-in-law, rebuked the fever and it left her! What manner of medical treatment was this – that simply rebukes a fever and it leaves?!! Of course, WE KNOW that it was the power of God being revealed through His only Son. The One who created her made her whole again! She responded immediately by getting up and serving! Somehow the touch of God prompted a godly response to serve. The Son of God did not come to be served but rather to serve! When we have been touched by such mercy and grace, our proper response should be to serve as well!
Sabbath laws restricted travel on that day, so it’s not surprising that people waited to bring their sick loved ones to Jesus when those laws were lifted at sundown. He laid His hands on them and, not only were they all healed, but demons came out of many of them shouting that Jesus was the Son of God! THEY KNEW that Jesus was the Christ! It is interesting that demons recognized Him, but His own people didn’t (John 1:10,11). His entire life and ministry was a revelation of who He was so that people might know Him and believe in Him. The angels announced His identity to the shepherds saying, “…he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11). On one occasion Jesus asked His disciples who people thought He was. Their responses indicated that the world did not know who Jesus was. Then Jesus asked THEM the same question. Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The religious leaders of that day did not recognize Him or receive Him as the Messiah from God. However, many others became convinced of His identity through His teaching and His miracles and as many as received Him and believed on His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12). “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 21:30,31). Do YOU KNOW that He is the Christ, the Son of God?
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Thank God for the healing touches He has given in your life.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Taylor Isselhard, Ben & Jen Martin (Emma, Grace, Benjie, Callie, Daniel), Barr & Sherry Miesch
- Show God your gratefulness by finding ways to serve others as you have been served.
- Give thanks that God has made known to us His only begotten Son.
- Pray that others in your sphere of influence will come to know who Jesus really is.
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that others will not only realize who He is but that they will believe it!
- Pray that the Good News of who Jesus is will be made known around the world.
Prayer Challenge: Recognizing that knowing Christ makes all the difference for eternity, pray that you may serve in ways that make Christ known in our world. As Jesus Himself prayed, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:1-3.