Sunday 31 January
Jesus the healer
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31 So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all who were ill and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 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.
Jesus the preacher
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ 38 Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ 39 So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Jesus sometimes heals people today (either miraculously or, more often, through doctors) - although not always.
One day, though, he will heal every sickness and disease in his people. This story is a little taster of what heaven will be like: no more crying or sadness or illness or pain. And that's why, as we'll see in v35-39, Jesus was so determined to preach the good news so that people could have eternal life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us how important Jesus' teaching is. Help us to listen to his teaching in the Bible. Help us to love people with physical needs like Jesus did, but help us also to tell them the good news of eternal life through Jesus. In his name we pray, Amen.