A Word from Pastor Stephen – April 6, 2020
When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. (Matthew 8:14-15 NRSV)
Immediately before this passage Jesus has been busy healing people. He has been pressed in by large crowds. Jesus must have been exhausted as he makes his way to Peter’s house. Jesus is probably thinking he is going to finally be able to relax and get a little privacy. I’m sure Jesus has been in the home of his friend many times and it is a very comfortable place for him to settle in for a much need rest.
When Jesus enters the house he sees Peter’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever. What I find interesting is that Jesus noticed her as soon as he walks in the door. No one is asking him to heal her. No one is begging him. No one is rushing up to him in a panic. People are not tearing a hole in the roof to lower someone down to be healed. He sees her in distress and he goes right to her and makes her well.
Jesus noticed her. The good news for all of us is that Jesus notices individual people. That means Jesus takes notice of you. The wonderful, unbounded, unmerited love of Jesus is for you. God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. The Bible tells us that the hairs on your head are number. We are also told that if a sparrow falls from the sky God takes notice of it, and that we are so much more valuable than a sparrow.
Our response to this amazing love and grace should be to follow Jesus and serve Him. What did Peter’s mother-in-law do right after she was healed? It says she got up and began to serve him. Our calling then is to take that love out into a broken, hurting, searching, hungry, thirsty and longing world. Go and be the church. Amen.