Simon’s Mother-in-Law

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

Wasn’t it nice of Simon to bring Jesus by the house to heal his mother-in-law?  Not every son-in-law might be so gracious.  There are thousands of mother-in-law jokes, some funny, some not so much.  But, in-law relationships have always been touchy, at best.

Of course, Simon’s generous motives become a little suspect when we get to that last sentence.

She got up immediately and waited on them.

I think the lesson today doesn’t come from Simon, or even Jesus.  The lesson comes from the mother-in-law.  When she was cured, she immediately began to serve the Lord and his companions.  That seems like a natural response, but how often do we do the same?

You and I have been healed by the Lord more times than we can count; more times than we may even be aware of.  We’ve been healed of fever, just like the mother-in-law.  We’ve been healed from colds, and flu, and every other kind of physical ailment.

We’ve been cured of spiritual illnesses, too.  God has lifted us from the fog of depression, sadness, loneliness, and grief.  Every time in our lives that we’ve been healed of anything, we know that the Lord had a hand in it.

But when we realize that we’ve been healed, do we get up and immediately start serving the Lord?  Each of us has to answer that question for ourselves.

Then there are the town’s people.  Jesus tried to leave and they followed Him, begging Him to stay with them.    Here’s where we see the difference between Jesus the God/man and Jesus the resurrected Lord.

But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Even though He was the Son of God, He still had to go from town to town reaching as many people as possible.  The reach the people in town B, He had to leave town A.  As the Resurrected Lord, He speaks to all of us.  He’s right here, through His Holy Spirit, in our little church while He’s also at the church down the street and even half way around the world.

We don’t just claim Him for ourselves, we share Him with everyone.  When we get down on our knees in the privacy of our own homes, He’s there just as surely as He is for thousands of pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square.

In His time on earth He reached the people one at a time.  He still does.  But we can share Him with others knowing that by sharing Him, we keep more of Him for ourselves.

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