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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:29-31 NLT —  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.

Related Scripture Readings

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


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.