Summary: Spend the day with Jesus and learn more about your Savior and yourself.
Recently Ken, the college student staying with the Van Velzens, asked if he could “shadow” me at work as part of a class requirement. “You want to spend a day with me, Ken?” I asked somewhat incredulously. I can understand wanting to spend a day with a police officer or a firefighter but spending a day with a pastor? I warned Ken that I spend much of my day studying and writing. He might have more fun watching the paint dry than watch me work. I’m not saying that my work is boring. If it were, I don’t suppose I would do it. And no, I don’t only sit at my desk all day. The best part of my calling is standing before you to proclaim God’s Word whether here on a Sunday morning or at your house on a Saturday afternoon.
You know who Ken ought to really spend a day with is Jesus. That would be fun for all of us wouldn’t it? Well we get that opportunity this morning through our Gospel Lesson. As we spend the day with Jesus we’ll not only learn more about our Savior we’ll learn more about ourselves.
We’re going to follow Jesus around as he carried out his ministry in the town of Capernaum not too long after he was baptized. After spending the morning preaching the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus moved indoors and preached at the synagogue in Capernaum. There he impressed the people with his teaching and demonstrated his power by casting out a demon. We’re going to join Jesus after that worship service. Since Jesus was invited to the home of Peter and Andrew, two of his disciples, we’ll tag along with him there. We can see the house now. It’s not fancy but it’s looks pretty big. I suppose it needs to be since Peter’s extended family lives here. As we step through the doors we learn that Peter’s mother-in-law is sick in bed with a fever. Without hesitating Peter asks Jesus to help. So Jesus goes over to where the woman lay. He doesn’t call for any medicine. He simply “rebukes” the fever as if chastising the family cat off the counter and the fever scurries away! It’s obvious that Peter’s mother-in-law is better because she immediately gets up and starts making preparations for the evening meal. She doesn’t even bat an eye when Peter says his guests are staying for dinner!
Let’s pause here to meditate on what we’ve just seen. We’ve learned, first of all, that sickness invades even the house of God’s servants. I wonder what Peter’s reaction was when he found out that his mother-in-law was sick? Hadn’t he just left his job to follow Jesus and was this the thanks he received? It shouldn’t surprise us either when we get sick, Brothers and Sisters. Yes, you may be a dedicated servant of God but as long as we live in this sin-filled world, we will have to deal with the consequences. We’ll have to put up with fevers and colds…and worse. Thankfully we also learn that there is no sickness too small to bring to Jesus’ attention. Jesus will never look at you the way a medi-centre doctor might look at you for coming in for that cough. Such a doctor might think you a worrywart and complain that you are wasting his time but Jesus will never say that. There is no matter too small to take to Jesus in prayer. As one Christian put it: “If it’s too small to pray about, then it it’s not big enough to worry about.”