CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – PETER’S MOTHER IN LAW

mt8_14“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.”   Matthew 8:14

Jesus had chosen Peter to be His first disciple and obviously had a special connection with him – so much so, that He often ate with Peter and his family.  Yes, Peter was a married man and still he followed Christ. His mother in law lived with them.

In our world, you don’t hear much about parents living with their married children.  Often that responsibility is turned over to the experts who care for the senior generation.  Knowing what it’s like having both of our mothers living with us in their elder years, I can understand this too.  In Peter’s case, it was expected behavior.  Not only did it show respect for aging parents, but a genuine love for family.

Jesus was often a guest at this home and undoubtedly had come to know Peter’s wife and mother in law well. As they arrived that particular day, the mom was very sick with a fever.  Jesus was a compassionate Son himself and went to her and held her hand.  Within a breath of time, the fever left the woman and she got up and began to serve Him.  We don’t know how long she was sick or what her illness was caused by, but Jesus’ touch was enough to relieve her.

This is a story that isn’t often talked about in the Passion history, but I believe it has some really great significance.  First of all, it shows Jesus’ power over sickness.  It demonstrates through that simple act of touch, just how much strength was in His hands.  He had the power of God and was able to do this miracle and many more because of that.

It also shows how much Jesus cares for those He loves, but He isn’t limited.  His love extends to all humanity suffering the effects of sin – which eventually lead to death.  His love reaches out to everyone along with His healing power.

The story also shows that Jesus approved of marriage.  Peter had been blessed with a wife and family to care for and, even though his new career would take him away from them for days and months, he still had time for them.

The act of healing relied on no action by the mother in law.  It was all Jesus, His touch, His love and His power over sin.  In gratitude, the woman’s first thought was to serve the man who healed her.

Dear, Sweet, Jesus, you showed your power over sickness and death while you walked the earth, so I know that what lies beyond the grave is going to be amazing.  While I wait for that day, strengthen me through your Word and continue to give me confidence to serve You alone. Amen!

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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