When you read the Gospel of Mark, it jumps right into the ministry of Jesus. In the first chapter alone, we hear John the Baptist’s announcement, see Jesus baptized, observe Him calling His first disciples, hear Him preach and witness Him heal people. But it is the first physical healing in Mark that catches my attention.
Jesus’s first disciple was Simon (later called Peter) and His first healing was Simon’s mother in law. “Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” (Mark 1:30-31) It is interesting that a family member of His first disciple is His first healing… but even more notable is her response to His healing… she began to serve.
This woman was ‘ill with a fever’. Jesus would later heal people who were crippled from birth or even raise them from the dead… but the first healing was just a fever. Even though her ailment (relative to the other healings) was practically nothing, her response was priceless… she served.
What can we learn from this example? You may not be crippled from birth. You may not be facing a terminal illness or severely injured. There may be nothing outwardly visible that signifies any need for healing at all. But you either are or were in need of a healing much greater than any of the healings that Jesus performed in the Gospel.
If you are already an adopted child of God, then this applies to your past. If you have not yet accepted Christ as your Lord & Savior, then this applies to you right now. You either were or are currently dead in spirit. As a result of sin, your wage is death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a) When Christ hung on the cross to pay the price for your (and everyone else’s) sin, He paved the path for you to be healed. “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 6:23b)
So every single saved Christian, everyone ever to give their life over their Lord & Savior, has been healed. “By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet 2:24b) Each of us healed by Christ, should respond the way Simon’s mother-in-law responded… we should serve.
Serve His kingdom. Serve His Church. Serve His lost sheep. Serve Him.
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