Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.
Jesus, the mighty powerful teacher had time for His new friend’s mother-in-law! In those days, most people didn’t see women as important, so for Jesus to be interested in a woman so far removed from Him would have been seen as really radical! Jesus cares for everyone not just people who are special or important! He left what He was doing and went to this sick lady and showed His care and power to put everything right!
At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Jesus showed them that the Kingdom of God was now touching their lives with all these demonstrations of power: healing people and defeating the evil one where he was involved in people’s lives.
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Jesus thought that making time to spend with His Father in heaven was so important that He made space for it in a busy schedule. If Jesus thinks it is important to do this, then so should we.
And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Jesus loved people and wanted more people to hear the great news He was bringing. His message of hope was for many, not just for a few.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
A leper was someone who had a very contagious disease and because of this they were made to live away from everyone so that the disease wouldn’t spread. Jesus showed that He loved those that are seen as the outcasts, the untouchables in society. Jesus helped this man and was willing to touch him and risk making Himself appear to be dirty, unclean and infected by the troubles of this man.
- Ask Jesus to help you to find time every day to talk to Him
- Ask Jesus to help you find the hope that He came to bring to people
- Ask Jesus to help you to be more caring towards those in need