29 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 immediately 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.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Mark 1:29-34

Fishing, fishing, fishing! After the synagogue service, the two lots of brothers and Jesus went to Peter and Andrew’s house. Another crisis! Peter’s mother-in-law was gravely ill. She had a burning fever – the whole household came to a standstill. Jesus walked right into the situation and took charge. He reached out and took her hand – from tamai – unclean – to tahor – clean – in an instant. Jesus didn’t bat an eyelid. He moved in the environment of God where everything was tahor and perfect.

What went on in the household in that moment? Amazement, excitement, joy? One minute she was really sick and in the next instant, completely well – and all He did was touch her. It was as though her illness was a minor interruption that was over in a flash.

Well, that did it! The news was out and the whole community erupted into pandemonium. Hope rose in every sick person’s heart. Every loved one moved. “I’ve got to get…. to Jesus.” They waited impatiently for the sunset that heralded the end of the Sabbath so that they could legitimately carry their sick folk to Jesus. Not one person did He send away unattended.

What were the people thinking? “O boy, have we got it made! A healer in town and all our troubles are over.” A resident miracle-worker who would take care of all their needs? Is that why Jesus came or what He wanted? He could have won the popularity poll for the greatest beneficiary to the community hands down.

But Jesus hadn’t come as a magic cure for all their ills. What He did was a demonstration of the eternal kingdom He was introducing them to. He didn’t come to run a clinic for sick people. His intention was not to be a one-man show but to teach and train His followers to do the same as He was doing – to be a walking demonstration of the nature of that kingdom He was representing, and to call people to participate with Him in blessing people with God’s favour and kindness. It would take people a long time to get it – to become givers, not getters!

Luella Campbell

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