Summary: Jesus is the Great Physician. Let Him touch your spiritual problems and you'll be anxious to serve Him!
Intro. We come to our next message as we look at the Miracles in Galilee. Galilee was the region of most of the Lord’s ministry. Though, the purpose of His ministry would be fulfilled in Jerusalem, He ministered to those around the Sea of Galilee. In these Miracles, we can learn many things that can apply to our lives today.
I. The Invitation - Jesus was welcomed into the home.
A. The Presence - the family benefitted from Peter’s relationship to Christ.
Not at all an uncommon principle: The Nobleman we saw a few weeks ago:
John 4:53 "So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house."
Paul told the Jailer: Acts 16:31 "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
And in Acts 18:8 "And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized."
B. The Permission - Jesus was a welcomed Guest - Our Lord is everywhere, but will only effect, or be effective to those that welcome His presence. Oh that we would have the attitude of the Greeks that came to Philip:
John 12:21 "The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus." As much as we have mentioned this, it is very foundational. Most would say He is welcome. We even confess that we love the Lord. But is He invited? Is it common for the presence of Christ to be in our homes?
C. The Privacy - this miracle was done in a private home.
After this, people will bring the sick to Jesus, but Jesus was not performing miracles as a means to an end. He did it because He is God.
II. The Infection - Peter’s Mother-in-law was taken with a great fever.
A. The Cause of a Fever - Though a specific sickness, but we know she had an infection. Our body has a defense mechanism that when we have an infection, our temperature rises. Many times we have Spiritual infections that hinder us. 1Co 3:3 "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"
1. Infections of the Wrong Choices.
2. Infections of the Wrong Attitude.
3. Infections of Wrong Motives.
4. Infections of Pride - Self is our biggest battle!
B. The Characteristics of a Fever - How do you know if you have a Spiritual infection?
4. Irrational (just do not think right)
5. Coldness! As the temperature rises, a strange thing can happen - chills!
III. The Intercession - vs. 38, “and they besought him for her”
The “they” is not identified. It could have been Peter and his family or James, John and Andrew, or others in the house that besought the Lord. But the fact remains, someone made intercession on her behalf. Oh to have someone pray for you!
The prerequisite for you to intercede is first that you must know Jesus! These people knew the Lord personally, and were driven to beg on the behalf of another. To intercede means that you stand before God on behalf of another.