Luke 4:38-39 (NIV) 38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
On verses 38-39: Jesus visits the home of Simon where he finds Simon’s mother-in-law sick with a high fever. Simon’s family asks Jesus to help her, so Jesus bends over, rebukes the fever, and the fever goes away. Simon’s mother-in-law recovers so much that she “got up at once” (v39) and begins serving the guests in the home (v39).
What can we learn from this?
Jesus has authority to rebuke sickness and heal diseases.
In this case what mobilized Jesus to exercise his authority to heal was that Simon’s family “asked Jesus to help her” (v38). Jesus is able to heal, but do we ask Him to heal? James 4:2 says, “…You do not have because you do not ask God.” Here at THRIVE we have witnessed people being healed of sicknesses and injuries not because we ourselves have the power to heal but because God is our healer and we are not afraid to ask Him. So when you’re facing a problem that you do not have the power to solve, ask God. See every big problem you go through as an opportunity to ask God and for God to reveal His power. And if you encounter a situation where you ask and God doesn’t heal the way you hoped, don’t let that discourage you. Just believe that God has a greater plan He is working out in that situation. As children of God, let’s not be afraid to ask our Father with faith.
Luke 4:40-41 (NIV) 40 When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
On verses 40-41: Here Jesus continues to use his authority to heal people of various sicknesses and to cast out demons. Why is it that Jesus would not allow the demons to speak about him being the Son of God (v41)? I appreciate Pastor Jon Courson’s response to this question:
“One of the most effective tactics of the Enemy is to get people who don’t know the Lord or care about the Lord to be in positions where they’re talking about things of the Lord, even though their lives are a mess and their motives are amiss. In this way, the church, the body of Christ is discredited.” (Bibliographical note: Courson, Jon. Jon Courson’s Application Commentary – Jon Courson’s Application Commentary New Testament. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.)
Jesus wants healthy and restored children of God to be the ones acknowledging Him before people who don’t yet believe. He doesn’t want the ones talking about Him to be demons whose words might otherwise confuse or scare away people who don’t believe.
Luke 4:42a (NIV) 42 At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place…
On verse 42a: Why did Jesus go to a solitary place (v42)? It’s because Jesus was protecting his time with God (see Luke 5:16). As busy as Jesus was, Jesus knew that his rest and his power source came from his time with God.Similarly,your rest and your power source come from your time with God. So never say, “I’m too busy to pray and spend time with God.” You’re not too busy to pray. You’re too busy NOT to pray and spend time with God!
Luke 4:42b-44 (NIV) 42 …The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
On verses 42b-44: Jesus’ popularity in Capernaum was growing rapidly. As much as the people of Capernaum tried to get Jesus to stay, Jesus would not be distracted from his mission to preach the good news all over Judea, “because that is why I was sent” (v43).
What can we learn from this? Jesus was not driven by people-pleasing. He did not live for the praise of people. Rather, Jesus was focused on and driven by his God-given mission. He wanted his Heavenly Father’s “well done”. Like Jesus may we not be people-pleasers, enslaved to the opinions of others as if our worth and happiness depends on what other people think of us. Instead may we seek to please our Heavenly Father and be focused on serving the mission He has given you and me.
Lord Jesus, I praise You for being the One who has all authority over sickness and evil spirits. Like You, I pray that I would have the wisdom to protect my time with You, for that is where my rest and my power source is. Please also give me strength to focus on pleasing You and doing what You have called me to do, rather than living for the praises and attention of people. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!