I spent some time this evening writing for my church’s sermon discussion guide on Luke 4. I had never spent much time thinking through this passage, but I am completely blown away by Jesus. Imagine that!
Luke 4 begins with Jesus defining who he is and what kind of King he will be through his wilderness temptation. The rest of the chapter is filled with responses to that Jesus. The chief priests try to throw him off a cliff, demons flee from him, but Peter’s mother-in law responds differently.
Luke writes, “he bent over her and rebuked the fever”. This sentence gives me chills. Jesus leans into the sick and lowly, the hurting and broken. He loves the unlovable. It is such an intimate scene. He charges the fever to leave by his authority. And what was her response?
She got up at once and began to wait on them.
Don’t wait any longer. Like a sick man responds to life saving medicine, so let us in our ailment respond to the antidote. Let us respond AT ONCE and serve our LORD in trust and humility!
38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Luke 4
While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
While we were yet sick Jesus walked in our house, he bent over us and rebuked the fever of sin and doubt.
Now we are free from the chains that bind, so that we may define our lives through trust in the only one that saves.
Because of Jesus we will be made right with God on the great day when he restores this world to a right relationship with himself.
But, while I am here, let me respond in a way that fills those at the fountain with a greater thirst, and those that thirst their first drop of living water.
Praise the powerful name of Jesus,