Title: The Messiah’s authority over disease
Scriptures to Read: Read Mark 1:29-34; Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 4:38-41
Peter’s mother-in-law is suffering from a high fever
The common practice for Christians is: after a Sunday morning service they will go home to a nice meal or go to a restaurant. The same practice happens after the morning Sabbath services: they have their Sabbath meal. And he is a guest at the home of Peter, and Peter’s mother-in-law happens to be ill. Luke was a medical doctor by profession and is always a bit more detailed about diseases and healings. Mark simply says she was sick with a fever. Matthew says she was lying sick in bed with a fever. Luke says she was suffering from a high fever or great fever. It meant continuous, chronic fever.
Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law
Jesus proceeds to heal her. There are three different accounts and notice that the way they are reported is based upon their theme. Mark says in verse 31, he took her by the hand and raised her up- the act of a servant. Matthew says in verse 15, he touched her hand and the fever left her- the touch of a king is sufficient. Luke says in verse 39, he stood over her and rebuked the fever- the act of an ideal man. In Luke verse 39 notice there is an immediate infusion of strength: “and she immediately got up and waited on them”. The others simply said she rose up, but Luke knows it was immediate, and she was able to serve the dinner to them.
The crowds come to Jesus in the evening at the end of the Sabbath day
When sundown arrives on this Saturday, it says in verse 32 of Mark: “When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed”. Remember, in the Jewish way of thinking you cannot be healed on the Sabbath day. Yesterday we noticed that the word began spreading around the region. But in keeping with the Jewish practice of that day they waited until sundown. Only then do they come out for healing.
Those who are ill and those who are demon possessed are brought to Jesus
Notice also that there is a difference between physical sickness and demon possession. There are two different groups brought to Jesus for healing: “all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed.”