Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mark in March

Chapter 1:29-34

29 After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

Noticing the authority with which Jesus taught, Simon probably insisted that Jesus come to his house, knowing that his mother-in-law was sick with a high fever…. OR…. maybe Jesus, also knowing Simon’s mother-in-law was sick, just said, “Simon and Andrew, I’m coming to your house.”  The training of the disciples had begun…. building their faith regarding who Jesus is.

Jesus, took her hand…

  • He touched her. 
  • He helped her sit up.
  • The fever left her.
  • She prepared a meal.

According to verse 31, Jesus never spoke a word.  This makes me think of Billie, our friend and Leslie’s mother-in-law.  By prayer and faith, we brought Jesus to Billie.  He touched her.  He helped her sit up.  The fever left her.  And soon, she will be back home preparing a meal.

Truth.  Jesus is Truth and He doesn’t change.

32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.

The first evening worship service. :-)  Jesus has had a busy day and He’s still not finished!

 33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch.

Word sure traveled fast.

34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.

Why did Jesus not want the people to know who He was?

Maybe He knew that knowledge would hasten His demise and He had three years of work to do.  He knew that most, especially the Jewish leaders, would not allow someone who claimed to be God/The Messiah/The Kings of kings and Lord of lords, to live.

Jesus healed many who were sick and He cast out many demons.  Jesus still loves and Jesus still heals.  Jesus still wants people to come to Him.  Jesus will always love our faith in Him.  Jesus still has authority over demons, and always will.

What does Mark 1:29-34 say to you?

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