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House Call

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Sermon Introduction

Good Morning Church.
Today’s message is called “House Call.”
We will be focusing on the healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law.
We are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark.
So, please turn your Bibles to Mark chapter 1.
We will be examining verses 29 through 31.
From these passages, we will find:
1) The Scene
2) The Miracle
3) The Response

Opening Prayer

Before we consider the text, please join me in prayer...

Opening Illustration

This is a story about four people in the church whose names were Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
The church had financial responsibilities and Everybody was asked to help.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it.
But you know who did it?
Nobody.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Then the church grounds needed some work, and Somebody was asked to help.
But Somebody got angry about that, because Anybody could have done it just as well and, after all, it was really Everybody’s job.
In the end the work was given to Nobody, and Nobody did a fine job.
On and on this went.
Whenever work was to be done, Nobody could always be counted on.
Nobody visited the sick.
Nobody gave liberally.
Nobody shared his faith.
In short, Nobody was a very faithful member.
Finally the day came when Somebody left the church and took Anybody and Everybody with him.
Guess who was left.
Nobody!

Reading of the Text​

Mark 1:29–31 NASB95
29 And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her. 31 And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she waited on them.

1) The Scene

Verses 29-30: And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her.
Simon and Andrew are originally from Bethsaida.
We know this from John 1:44
John 1:44 NASB95
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
So, the fact that we find Peter and Andrew’s house in Capernaum indicates that they moved their family to where Jesus established His headquarters.
Paul also confirms Peter is married in 1 Corinthians 9:5.
1 Corinthians 9:5 NASB95
5 Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?
Note that 1 Corinthians was written about 20 years after the resurrection of Jesus.
This indicates that Peter’s wife was dedicated to ministry, a faithful companion, and fellow-worker with him.
Clement of Alexandria actually sheds some more light on who Peter’s wife was and who was this person who accompanied him in his ministry.
He said, “Peter and Philip had children, and both took about their wives, in order that they might act as their assistants in ministering to women at their own homes; by their means the doctrine of the Lord penetrated without scandal into the privacy of the women’s apartments.”
Clement also said she as called to martyrdom before Peter.
However on seeing his wife give up her life for the Lord, Peter is said to have rejoiced on her calling to lay down her life.
Although celibacy is an option, clearly it is normal for Christian leaders to be married.
Just take a look at the requirements of an elder as in 1 Timothy 3:2:
1 Timothy 3:2 NASB95
2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
And Titus 1:6:
Titus 1:6 NASB95
6 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.
So, no denomination should go against Scripture and force a man to celibacy in order to have a key position as a Christian leader.
Another thing we can establish from this scene is that the presence of Peter’s mother-in-law living in Peter’s house indicates that her husband most likely had passed away for it was custom in that time to take in to ones home a widowed mother.
Based on Luke’s account, who is a physician by the way, Peter’s mother-in-law had a “high” fever.
Luke 4:38 NASB95
38 Then He got up and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her.
The additional fact that she was also to sick to get out of bed suggests that this was a very serious illness, possibly even life threatening.

2) The Miracle

Verse 31: And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her,
The immediacy of the fever leaving her speaks of the absolute authority Jesus had displayed.
This authority in His miracles proved the authority of His teachings.
As we discussed last week, Jesus displayed complete authority over all sickness.
Only God Himself has that kind of authority.
This miracle in a lot of ways can remind of the process of salvation.
Except in pur case, we are not sick because of sin, but in fact we are dead.
Ephesians 2:1 NASB95
1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
Romans 6:23 NASB95
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Luke 15:32 NASB95
32 ‘But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’ ”
Our God, who is completely sovereign and in complete authority is the one who gives us life.
Colossians 2:13 NASB95
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
He breathes life into our dead bones.
Let us explore the The Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 37:1–14 NASB95
1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ 5 “Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 6 ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’ ” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.” ’ ” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ 12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 “Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’ ”
This miracle can also remind us of Jesus resurrection and eventually, our own resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 NASB95
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
Romans 6:5–6 NASB95
5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

3) The Response

Verse 31: and she waited on them.
"Waited on” here is translated from the Greek word “diakoneo.”
“Diakoneo” means to “serve” or “minister to.”
Other English translations have rendered it “began to serve.”
This is the same word used for the angels’ “ministering” to Jesus during the temptation as found earlier in this chapter in verse 13.
More importantly it is the same word used by Jesus Himself in Mark 10:45:
Mark 10:45 NASB95
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
As genuine believers, this is what we are called to do.
This describes an essential characteristic of the followers of Jesus.
This brings to mind the teaching of Jesus in Mark 9:35:
Mark 9:35 NASB95
35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
We are called to be servants.
1 Samuel 12:24 NASB95
24 “Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
John 12:26 NASB95
26 “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Mark 10:45 NASB95
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Romans 7:6 NASB95
6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
Galatians 5:13 NASB95
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Romans 12:1 NASB95
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Hebrews 6:10 NASB95
10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Romans 12:1 NASB95
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
In Luke’s Gospel it indicates she “immediately” got up to serve them.
Luke 4:39 NASB95
39 And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them.
So, let us not be slow to this.

Closing Illustration

Many years ago a humble pastor served a church in a little country town.
His ministry was quiet, and few souls were brought to Christ there.
Year in and year out, the work became more and more discouraging.
It was only years later that the faithful minister found great joy in the knowledge that one of those he had won to Christ was Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a man who was later used by God to bring multitudes to his Son.
Humble service is rewarded now and certainly will be rewarded even more when Christ comes.

Closing of Service

We as believers must remember the once we where lost.
Once we where dead.
But He healed us.
He called us by name.
Now we are called to serve Him.
Now we are called to serve Him by serving others.
All the Glory to God.
Amen.
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