As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother- in- law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon- possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, 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.
Little is known about Peter’s family, but from today’s passage we learn that he was married (see 1 Corinthians 9:5). From the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus taught to the home thought to be where Simon’s mother-in-law lived was about a minute walk. Many believe that this house served as Jesus’ headquarters during His ministry in Galilee.
The fever that had overtaken Peter’s mother-in-law was debilitating. She was in bed, unable to function. In this case, Jesus did not pray for the sickness to be relieved. He simply took her by the hand and helped her out of bed. As she was getting up the fever left. To demonstrate her full recovery, Mark says that she began to prepare a meal for Jesus and His disciples. Incapacitated one moment; cooking a meal the next. The nourishment was needed. That evening the whole town gathered at the home. Jesus worked late into the night and possibly into the early morning, healing the sick and the demon-possessed.
Jesus never healed anyone halfway. The blind were not restored to fuzzy images; they had 20-20 vision. Withered hands were not healed to functionality, but to perfection. The lame were not healed to remain limping, but to leap. So it is with the spiritual healing that Jesus provides. He deals with our sin problem fully. We become new creations empowered by the Holy Spirit. We were not spiritually healed in order to limp the rest of the way home. Our recovery is complete; therefore we can live fully for Him!
Father, thank You for making me new from the inside out. Help me realize that through Jesus I am fully recovered. Help me to run freely all the way home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.