I like to study the Bible and wrestle with its words. I must fit it and find my place in it. Jesus has promises contained here that I need to understand, and commands that I must obey, and joy that I can experience, and grace that I can receive. What about you?
"Crucified before the foundation of the world." What does that mean? How could that even happen? Historians and archaeologists ta...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Lent 2016--Day Twelve
Healing of Peter's Mother-in-law, drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Matthew 8:1 Jesus came down from the mountain after preaching the Sermon on the Mount. He is met by a leper who sought healing. Immediately, he healed him but he cautioned him to tell no one but the priest. When he got to town a centurion seeking healing for his servant, but he did not even expect Jesus to go to the servant, but just speak the word, and Jesus was amazed at his faith. Jesus and the disciples were going to Peter's house where Jesus might receive rest and time alone, but Peter's mother-in-law was also ill. Jesus healed her. They continued to bring people to him to receive healing all evening. This work was exhausting, and Jesus sought rest. They boarded a ship to go home, but there rose a great storm. They found him asleep. "Help us, they cried." Jesus rose and calmed the storm. "You of little faith," he said. No rest yet. People followed him seeking healing, relief from demons, and peace where ever he went. Even his own home offered no rest. Isaiah prophesied "He himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness." Never seek his blessing, healing, or forgiveness without also knowing the cost to himself.