Jesus Heals People and Takes a Break (Luke 4:38-44)

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.

40 At sunset, 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 Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. 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 proclaim 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.  (Luke 4:38-44)

Learn it:

            After Jesus was teaching in the synagogue he went to Simon’s, the soon to be a disciple of Jesus, house.  While he was there, he performed a miracle by healing her from her sickness.  Jesus gives evidence of the fullness of her healing by saying that she was then able to wait on them.  While Jesus was in the town people then began to bring people to him one by one.  We see Jesus did not do a mass healing but showed compassion by laying hands on each one. 

            Just like in the previous story where Jesus cast out a demon, demons were shouting, “You are the Son of God!”  Demons knew who Jesus was and he did now want people to hear that.  One reason may have been that if people heard demons saying this it could mean that Jesus was a servant of an evil god.  He did not want people to be confused and he would reveal his identity at the proper time.

            Then, just like any other person Jesus needed to take a break.  He needed solitude.  Even the Son of God needed time to breathe and, probably, reconnect with God the Father.  Jesus then needed to move on to another town.  A big theme in Luke is the kingdom of God.  Jesus was going around telling people about his kingdom and it was open to everyone. 

Live it:

            This story reminds us again of the power of Jesus.  The reason Jesus was healing people was to authenticate His teachings.  When he was teaching that he is the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Old Testament people may not have truly believed him.  When he then went on to heal people and cast out demons it gives more weight to his words.  We love Jesus not because he is a healer, we love Jesus because he is the Son of God. 


            We also learn in this passage the importance of rest.  Reconnecting with God the Father is important for everyone.  How are you doing at spending time with God?  Do you pray and rely on him throughout your day?  While it’s great to be able to spend 30 minutes in the morning praying and talking with God, I know it’s not always possible.  But praying even short prayers throughout the day can be very powerful as well.  That means he is always on your mind and you are dependent on him.  

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