In Mark 1, we find Jesus by the river (v. 9), in the wilderness (v. 12), by the seashore (v. 16), in the synagogue (v. 21), and in the home (v. 29). The baptism of Jesus in the river tells us that sin must be repented of and the guilt of sin must be removed. Our hearts must be pure before God before we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. The wilderness experience tells us that we too will experience trials, hardships, and temptations that have their origins in the devil. The Holy Spirit teaches us that we will be involved in spiritual warfare. Like Jesus, we also can overcome anything that the devil throws at us. The seashore, with Simon Peter casting his nets, tells us of our workplace. The workplace tells us that there is a purpose in life. Domestic needs must be met. The synagogue reminds us that there is a higher purpose–the purposes of God and of the Kingdom of God. Hurting people come to the church for answers, to hear the Word, to worship, to be ministered to and to receive healing for their hurts. The home is for fellowship, family, rest, and feasting. In the home, we also find problems. It is in the home that the ministry of Jesus is needed the most. There are those who are waiting for Jesus at home. After the church service, it is important to bring Jesus home. His anointing is needed at home too. True church life and home life agree together very well. All too often after a church service, we bring home criticism and fault-finding instead. In Peter’s home, his mother-in-law was laid up with a fever, and they told Him of her. This was the right thing to do.
Years ago, in a city on the East Coast, a woman was greatly concerned over a certain matter. She called her pastor, who happened to be the great hymn writer Elisha A. Hoffman. When he arrived, the woman said, “Pastor, I don’t know what to do. I have been quoting Scripture.” He said, “But you must tell Jesus.” On his way home, the pastor wrote the words to the hymn “I Must Tell Jesus.” Notice the words of verse one, “I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone; In my distress He kindly will help me; He ever loves me and cares for His own.” The chorus goes on to remind us, “I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!” According to our text in Mark 1, this is what happened on the way home from church. They told Jesus of the sick mother-in-law.
Peter’s house may have been just a fisherman’s hut, but the Lord of glory came and lodged in it and wrought a much-needed miracle. Jesus is more often found in little cottages, in humble homes, than in churches. And He may be looking right into your room at this moment. He is waiting to minister to your needs. Jesus is always the best physician to talk to. Tell Him about your concerns, whatever they may be. Jesus is always waiting to hear us talk to Him about our grief. “They tell Him of her.” The apostles were definite in their request. It was a clear message to Jesus. Too often, we hesitate to tell Jesus our troubles. Be like these disciples. Go right to the problem. Don’t give Jesus too many unnecessary words. Jesus took this lady by the hand, lifted her up, and the fever left. Matthew’s account of this event (8:14-15) says that Jesus touched her hand and the fever left. Luke writes of this event (4:38-39) and says that Jesus stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her. Now it’s your turn…
Pastor George Belobaba
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