In my devotions today I read Mark 1:29-34. This is the passage where we see that Jesus healed and set free many people. It says…
“After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them. That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.” Mark 1:29-34 NLT
While reflecting on this passage I noticed a few interesting things.
- Jesus went to Simon (Peter) and Andrew’s house after teaching and casting out a demon at the synagogue. They found the the mother-in-law was sick with a fever. This would have been very dangerous and contagious at that time in history. Jesus helped her up and she was made well. Jesus was not worried about touching her or being infected, and His presence/touch healed her.
- She was obviously completely healed as she prepared a meal. It doesn’t say what type of meal, but she made a food for them all. I find this interesting for two reasons. The first is they obviously thought she was completely healed as they would not allow a sick person to push themselves too hard. And secondly, people don’t generally like sick people preparing food for them. Especially Jewish people of the time because they were worried about being ceremonially unclean. They must have been 100% confident she had been made well.
- Jesus then healed and set free many people to come to Him at the house. It says the whole town gathered and He healed them of all types of diseases and cast out many demons. I like the use of the word all. Jesus healed all types of diseases, not just some, but all. Jesus showed all authority over all sickness and demons – the physical and spiritual worlds. He was and is the Lord of all things.
As I reflect on this today it is a timely reminder for the current Coronavirus pandemic. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever as it says in Hebrews 13:8. He still has and always will have all authority (Matthew 28:18). His total authority reigns supreme over the physical and spiritual worlds. We can trust Him completely to care for us, both now in our current situation and for all eternity.
Stay well, trust Jesus and be blessed,