27th December 2018

When Jesus Comes to Call

“When Jesus got up and left the synagogue he went into Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked Jesus to help her. He stood over her as she lay in bed, brought the fever under control and it left her. At once she got up and began to see to their needs.”
Luke 4:38-39 (Phillips)

As we begin to think about this visit, the first thing to notice is that it took place just after the service at the synagogue ended. Simon Peter’s house was in Capernaum and obviously quite close to the place of worship. I wonder if Jesus had been invited? Perhaps Peter’s wife had sent a message to him “Come have lunch with us directly after the service is over.” So they arrived and found that Peter’s mother-in-law had been taken ill and had a high fever. What a downer—today of all days when Jesus is coming for lunch! We don’t know her name, but she appears to be sharing the house with her daughter and her son-in-law Peter and perhaps was quite elderly.

Then Jesus arrived! In the gospels we have lots of occasions when Jesus entered into people’s homes. He loved to be amongst people and I suspect had many friends. We read about how much he enjoyed his friendship with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus who lived in Bethany. He was never aloof but very down to earth and attended feasts, marriages, and even had fun with publicans and sinners; but of course, was always full of pity, sympathy, and encouragement for those who were suffering. He often would go out of his way to minister to others and lots of times he would ask the question, “What would you like me to do for you today?” For example in Mark 10:46-52 encountering a blind man called Bartimaeus, Mark tells us that Jesus stopped, called him and asked the question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

But let’s go back to Peter’s house and look at the end result of Jesus’ visit. He rebuked this lady’s fever and raised her up totally well. Her temperature was normal once again and she was breathing easily. But notice what she does—read the final sentence of the banner scripture—“At once she got up and began to see to their needs!” The healing touch of Jesus can bring calm and peace to our fears and worries today if we ask him to do that, and when he does, let’s not forget to get up and serve both him and others!

Prayer
Gracious Saviour, remember all those who have concerns, worries and fears today. Touch them, bless them and raise them up to a calm and peaceful condition.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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