Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Peter’s Mother-in-Law

Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue and went to Peter’s house for a time of rest, but when they got there, they discovered Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever.

Though Jesus was likely tired, as soon as he heard about the sick woman, he went to her and healed her. The accounts by Matthew, Mark, and Luke differ slightly. 

Matthew tells us he touched her hand and the fever left her.

Mark says he took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately, the fever left her. 

Luke, the doctor’s account, says he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. 

The common thread is that Jesus went to her, touched her, and she was healed. 

The three accounts are all uniform in telling what happened next. As soon as she was healed, Peter’s mother-in-law hopped out of bed and began serving everyone. 

This was a double miracle. Not only did Jesus heal her from the fever, but also healed her of the weakness that accompanies fevers. 

Once she was healed, no one expected the sick woman to serve them. They would have thought no less of her had she politely thanked Jesus for his kindness then remained in bed for a bit in order to rest up. 

Instead, she couldn’t wait to get to work serving the One who had healed her.

How often do we let the tiniest inconveniences prevent us from serving? May we take a lesson from Peter’s mother-in-law.

Read about Peter’s wife: Matthew 8:14-18, Mark 1:29-34, Luke 4:35-41

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