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When you bring Jesus to your home, your home will become the headquarters for ministry.

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005-Mark 1:29-34

005-Mark 1:29-34

When you bring Jesus to your home, your home will become the headquarters for ministry.
Mark 1:29–34 CSB
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31 So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town was assembled at the door, 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
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ILLUSTRATION
Have you noticed how many mother-in-law jokes are out there? Mothers-in-law have been the brunt of jokes since the beginning of time, well maybe not because Adam and Eve didn’t have any in-laws.
I have looked at some great mother-in-law jokes but I will not tell any in here. I’ll say this though.
My mother-in-law is my 2nd favorite mother-in-law. Emma’s mother-in-law is definitely first.
 I’ve been blessed with an extremely loving, humble and caring mother-in-law. Her sweet spirit has been stamped on Emma.
A couple of mothers-in-law come to mind in the Bible. Ruth had such a close relationship with Naomi that she ended up embracing her faith and we’ll see today that the disciple named Peter cared so much for his wife’s mother that he brought Jesus to her.
Here’s the big idea for today: 

When you bring Jesus to your home, your home will become the headquarters for ministry.

PASSAGE BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT INFORMATION
We saw last week that astonishing things happen when Jesus shows up in a service. 
We saw Jesus ministering in a religious setting. 
He goes to a synagogue service and shows His power by teaching with authorityHe then shows His power over a demon by quieting him and casting him out in verses 21-28.We learned that Jesus doesn’t want our amazement; He wants our allegiance. He wants for us to submit to His authority.
In our passage today we’ll see the power of Christ displayed over physical diseases in verses 29-34.
All of this is overwhelming evidence that Jesus is the Son of God.
Let’s take our big idea today in two parts. The first half goes like this: 
When you bring Jesus to your home…
1 When you bring Jesus to your home-Mark 1:29-31
EXPLAIN THE TEXT
Mark 1:29 CSB
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John.
29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. 
After the synagogue service everyone headed to El Parian, only they didn’t have one. It was common for this service to end at noon and then people would gather in homes for Sabbath lunch. The scene now moves from a public religious setting in the synagogue to a very private event in a home.
After the synagogue service everyone headed to El Parian, only they didn’t have one. It was common for this service to end at noon and then people would gather in homes for Sabbath lunch. The scene now moves from a public religious setting in the synagogue to a very private event in a home.
Note that Peter still had a house and that he used his home for hospitality. He fully followed Christ and yet as a follower he was to care for his family and use His home for God’s glory and to make Jesus famous.
When Peter left everything to follow Christ that meant that he gave everything to Christ.
Too often we categorize the spiritual and the secular.
We put worship and prayer and Bible study, Church into the spiritual pile and things like work and hobbies and relationships and family into the secular pile.
Listen. When you repent and receive Christ, when you forsake all to follow Christ, it means that everything becomes spiritual – your family, your house, your possessions, your finances, your job, your hobbies, your relationships, your schoolwork, your activities, because everything matters to Jesus.
ILLUSTRATION
“Our homes are not our castles. Indeed, they are not even ours.”― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Gospel Comes with a House Key.
Peter’s priorities had changed when he met Jesus – the people in his life and all of his possessions now belonged to Jesus. 
he had transferred ownership of everything to Him. Have you made this same transfer?
I know that we live in a time of social distancing but the principle still applies. Most of us live in a house with other people. Do those people that live with you know that everything in your life belongs to him?
If you have kids at home. Do they understand that church is not a place we go to? IT'S WHO WE ARE. 
Are you teaching them the peinciple that when you follow Jesus everything in your life becomes His.?
VERSE 30-31
- Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.
Mark 1:30 CSB
30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.
That probably blows some of your minds because you’ve been taught that Peter was never married. That’s something the Catholic Church advocates and since they believe Peter was the first pope, they restrict popes and priests from marrying.
That probably blows some of your minds because you’ve been taught that Peter was never married. That’s something the Catholic Church advocates and since they believe Peter was the first pope, they restrict popes and priests from marrying.
clearly states that Peter had a wife: “Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?” Cephas is the Armaic name for Peter.
It’s clear that Peter was married and that he cared for his mother-in-law: lying in bed with a fever.
The idea in Greek is a bit stronger than that she was just lying down with a fever. The sense is that this fever had so affected her that she was thrown into a sickbed without any hope of ever getting better. It’s important to know that in the ancient world “fever” was a disease itself, not just a symptom. Plus, they had no Advil or Tylenol.
Mark 1:31 CSB
31 So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.
- So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them.
He came. Don’t you love that Christ comes close to us in our time of need? Luke tells us that he came and “stood over her.” He didn’t stay at a distance but came near. Our greatest need when we’re hurting is to experience His presence.
He came. Don’t you love that Christ comes close to us in our time of need? Luke tells us that he came and “stood over her.” He didn’t stay at a distance but came near. Our greatest need when we’re hurting is to experience His presence.
I love : “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and is attentive to their cry.”
He touched. Jesus could have snapped his fingers or just said a word but instead He took her by the hand.

When Jesus touches someone, everything changes!

Fever left. We have every indication that the fever left immediately, which was amazing in itself.
Christ came, He took her by the hand, and then He lifted her up and the fever left.
4. The serving. The end of verse 31 implies that she served them immediately: “and she began to serve them.”
Anytime you encounter Jesus the natural response is to serve Him!
Peter’s mother-in-law made her life immediately available to Jesus and His ministry. We have been saved to serve, healed to help and touched so that we touch others.

When you bring Jesus to your home, your home will become headquarters for ministry.

2 Make Your Home Headquarters for Ministry-
EXPLAIN THE TEXT
- 32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town was assembled at the door, 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Mark 1:32–34 CSB
32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town was assembled at the door, 34 and he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
The reason they waited until sundown was because they were prohibited from carrying anyone on the Sabbath, because that would have been considered work. Sabbath started at sundown on Friday and ended at sundown on Saturday. Actually, they had to wait until the first three stars were clearly visible in the sky.
The reason they waited until sundown was because they were prohibited from carrying anyone on the Sabbath, because that would have been considered work. Sabbath started at sundown on Friday and ended at sundown on Saturday. Actually, they had to wait until the first three stars were clearly visible in the sky.
Illus: I imagine the people at home waiting like we do at New Years Eve.
The people who came had all sorts of problems. Some were suffering from sickness and others were sabotaged by evil spirits. Some were diseased and others were demon possessed. Broken legs and broken hearts gathered outside the home.
Some couldn’t walk so they were carried. Verse 32 says they were “brought,” which means, “to carry as a burden.”
Remember this:We live in a broken world. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. The older I get the more convinced I am that everyone is suffering – emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually…or all the above.
In verse 33 we read that the “whole city” was gathered at the door of the house. The tense of the verb suggests that the crowds continued to come. People knew that Jesus was not only at Peter’s home but that He could help those who were hurting.
Can you imagine this scene as people pounded on Peter’s door?
Verse 34 says that He “healed many.” It doesnt say everyone!!!!
 What this means is that He doesn’t heal everyone in this life. In this world there will be woes and challenges and disease and cancer and fevers. And while we should pray for healing, we must realize that sometimes His will is to not heal.
Before we assume that all these people were putting their faith in Jesus, it must be pointed out that many just wanted a miracle. They wanted relief from pain and affliction but weren’t ready to repent and receive salvation.
APPLICATION
Action Steps
Let’s allow this passage to percolate in our lives. Here are some action steps.
1. Don’t allow your in-laws to become out-laws. Is there anything you need to do to reconcile this relationship?
2. Live out your faith wherever you are. Are you helping your children learn about Jesus? Are you taking Jesus to your workplace? Have you invited Him into your hobbies, your sports, and other activities? Do you take him to your campus with you?
 3. Ask the Healer to bring healing to you and others. Sometimes Jesus heals miraculously. Other times he does it through doctors and medicine and surgeries. And sometimes we won’t receive healing until we’re in heaven.
4. Find somewhere to serve. The question should never be whether you will serve. The real question is where and when will you serve? Through the times we are living now this may look different but one way you can do that is by:
5. Repurpose your home as headquarters for ministry. Practice hospitality.
During this time you can use your home to serve people. If you like to bake... bake some cookies and drop off at your neighbors doorstep.If you like to write... write notes to friends, family members or get the names of people at nursing homes and send them a card.Leave some toilet paper and hand sanitizer to you mail person, or garbage man.Figure it our ways that from your home you can serve others by practicing hospitality.
Last thing:
6. Ask the Savior to save you. We all have a sickness called sin and Satan is out to destroy us. Our fever is fatal and there’s no way we can help ourselves. We’ve fallen and we can’t get up. Ask Jesus to come and He’ll come.
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