Showing Thanks-Mark 1:29-31

Mark 1:29-31 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.”
Marco 1:29-31 “Appena usciti dalla sinagoga, andarono con Giacomo e Giovanni in casa di Simone e di Andrea. 30 La suocera di Simone era a letto con la febbre; ed essi subito gliene parlarono; 31 egli, avvicinatosi, la prese per la mano e la fece alzare; la febbre la lasciò ed ella si mise a servirli.”
 
     After the exorcism of the demonized man in the synagogue, Jesus with James and John go to Simon and Andrew’s house presumably to eat and rest. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever. In the original language, the idea of a fever meant that a person was, in essence, “on fire”. Luke records this account by saying she had a great fever. The fact that she was not even able to greet her guests tells the severity of the fever. It must have been disappointing and even embarrassing for her to know her son brought home three visitors and she was unable to host them for the Sabbath meal.
     In the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, the act of healing arrives in a very unique and different way. If you notice, Jesus doesn’t say a word. He simply goes to see her, takes her hand and helps her up. When she stood up, not only was she healed but her energy returned to normal. If you have had a fever, you know that after it’s gone, there is a lack of energy. Jesus not only heals her but restores her strength and ability to serve.
     If Jesus did something like this for you, what would be your response? One of the best ways we can thank Him is to serve others.
Pray with me: Lord, I rejoice when You reach out and help me when I am in need. Help me to be grateful by using my gifts and talents to serve You and others.


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