What Jesus Did! 'Healing with a Word' — Luke 4:38-39

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jesus left the synagogue. He went to Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. Jesus stood very close to her and commanded the sickness to leave her. The sickness left her. Then she got up and began serving them.
— Luke 4:38-39 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:38-39 NLT —  Then she got up and began serving them.

Key Thought

Jesus shows the authority of his words by his power over illness. Here, Jesus rebukes the fever and it leaves. His words are powerful and healing. This lady was not only instantly made well, but she was also restored to health, vitality, and usefulness. Jesus' words still have power to do that for us today if we will obey them. When we believe and obey his message, Jesus' words restore our spiritual health, vitality, and usefulness. His words have the power of an expert surgeon to cut through the diseased tissue, to excise what is decaying and false, and to restore spiritual life. So as we journey through Luke (or Matthew, Mark, or John for that matter), let's do more than read the words of Jesus: let's ask God to use them to make us whole.

Today's Prayer

God Almighty, my heavenly Father, as I spend this year listening to the words of your Son and observing his life, please use Jesus' words to convict me, to instruct me, to rehabilitate me, to liberate me, to remake me, to restore me, and to make of me what you would have me be. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 4:12-13
  • John 6:61-69
  • Luke 6:46-49


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.