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

Friday, January 19, 2024

After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew's home. Now Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
— Mark 1:29-31 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus left no doubt in his power over illness; he saw the illness and cured it. It was gone in an instant. With the touch of Jesus' hand and the power of his grace, Peter's mother-in-law went from bedridden to healthy hostess preparing a meal. As impressive as this kind of miracle is, think about the change that same grace makes in our spiritual lives. Salvation is a great miracle in each life God's grace and Jesus' love touch. 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 are progressions of transformation to become more like Christ, our outlook and purpose 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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

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Illustration of Mark 1:29-31 NLT —  Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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