What Jesus Did! 'Gone in an Instant' — Mark 1:29-31

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jesus and the followers left the synagogue. They all went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was very sick. She was in bed and had fever. The people there told Jesus about her. So Jesus went to her bed. Jesus held her hand and helped her stand up. The fever left her, and she was healed. Then she began serving them.
— Mark 1:29-31
Illustration of Mark 1:29-31 —  Then she began serving them.

Key Thought

Jesus leaves no doubt in his power over illness; he sees the illness and cures it. It is gone in an instant. With the touch of Jesus' hand and the power of his grace, Peter's mother-in-law goes from bedridden to healthy hostess preparing a meal. As impressive as this kind of miracle is, think about the change that same grace has in our spiritual lives. Salvation is a great miracle in each life God's grace and Jesus' love touches. Our sin is gone in an instant. Our future is changed for the better in an instant. Our hopes are raised in an instant. While our lives as disciples will be gradual progressions of transformation to become more like Christ, our lives are changed in an instant. Such is the power, love, and grace of our Lord!

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for the life-changing power of your grace demonstrated to me in the sacrifice of Jesus and the work of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and the followers left the synagogue. They all went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was very sick. She was in bed and had fever. The people there told Jesus about her. So Jesus went to her bed. Jesus held her hand and helped her stand up. The fever left her, and she was healed. Then she began serving them. That night, after the sun went down, the people brought many sick people to Jesus. They also brought people that had demons inside them. All the people in the town gathered at the door of that house. Jesus healed many people that had different kinds of sicknesses. Jesus also forced many demons to leave people. But Jesus would not allow the demons to speak, because the demons knew who he was. The next morning, Jesus woke up very early. Jesus left the house while it was still dark. He went to a place to be alone and pray. Later, Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. They found Jesus and said, "All the people are looking for you!" Jesus answered, "We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here. Then I can tell people {God's message} in those places also. That is why I came." So Jesus traveled everywhere in Galilee. He spoke in the synagogues. And he forced demons to leave people.

Mark 1:29-39

Related Scripture Readings

If any person is in Christ, then that person is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord's glory. We are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory. This glory comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Surely you know that the people that do wrong will not get God's kingdom. Don't be fooled. These people will not get God's kingdom: people that sin sexually, people that worship idols, people that do the sin of adultery, men that let other men use them for sex or that have sex with other men, people that steal, people that are greedy, people that get drunk, people that say bad things to other people, and people that cheat. In the past, some of you were like that. But you were washed clean, you were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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