Messages from Pastor Raddatz
TO SERVE, Mark 1:29-39
Olive, Houston, TX February 7, 2021
Idea: God's purpose in healing us is to increase our ability to
invite you to pray with me...
we continue to follow the first few days of the ministry of Jesus.
In the last few weeks we have seen him call his first disciples, tell
them he will make them fishers of men and watch as he casts a demon
out of a man in the Tabernacle. In Mark 1:29 we begin by reading,
"As soon as they
left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of
Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever,
and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and
helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them."
Here we see a woman who is healed and begins serving. This is not
always the case.
SINFUL PEOPLE, WE CAN DESIRE HEALING FOR SELFISH
2:21, NIV, "For
everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus
is what Jesus is about. Jesus is also wanting us to see by Simon's
mother-in-law's example that healing occurs so that others can be
served. They can be served by their faith being strengthened. The
miracles of Jesus are to increase our faith. But after healing not
everyone wants to serve. The passage above is from the Apostle Paul
writing about the blessing of Timothy. Paul says, "I have no one
like him". Timothy is like a best friend to Paul because he has
served with Paul in the work of spreading the good news that Jesus
has come to heal us from our illness of sin.
feel the need to address the question, why
are some healed and why are others not healed? The answer to that
question is a true mystery. I do not know.
I do know that God, in his own wisdom, chooses to heal some and
allows others to continue with an illness. This is why I have
included the following bible passage:
119:50, ESV, "This
is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life."
interesting thing about a person who has been healed from a disease
is that they eventually will die. There is not one person who has
beat death after a miracle healing. Death is still the final enemy.
The only one to have beaten that is God himself in the person and the
work of Jesus Christ.
Faith for my deliverance is
not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not,
I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things
only learned in a fiery furnace.
Oswald Chambers in Run Today's
It was, however, not His purpose to establish a clinic at Capernaum.
This seems to have been what the people at Capernaum expected.
take a closer look at how Jesus approaches the illness in Peter's
Mother-in-law. This is a healing that comes not for selfish reasons,
but a healing that comes for the purpose of service.
HEALING COMES SO THAT WE CAN SERVE
soon as Peter's Mother-in-law was healed from her fever, she begins
to wait on Jesus.
is interesting to note the personal caring nature of Jesus in this
situation. He is told about Peter's Mother-in-laws fever, "he
took her hand and helped her up". Note
both the humanity and divinity of Jesus. He grasped her by the hand.
That is so human. But raising her up was more than human. A person
with a high fever is very weak. Jesus did not lift dead weight by
grasping her hand. His divinity, working though His humanity, caused
her to rise. Luke adds that "He rebuked the fever,"
the same verb, in Greek, used to rebuke the winds and waves. His Word
brought the fever to an end.
at Mark 1:31, is plainly resultative,
which expresses "that
something or someone has undergone a change in state as the result of
the completion of an event"
-Wikipedia. It is the same verb used for "forgive." When
God forgives, the sins are no more. God's forgiveness causes our
sins to leave us!
Jesus spoke, the fever was no more. The koine text, followed by KJV
and NKJV adds the word "immediately." If it is not
textual, it is implicit in the text. She
did not become well gradually but immediately.
news about the Rabbi who heals, this Jesus is spreading so fast that
after sunset the
people brought to Jesus all the sick and the demon possessed. He
heals them all. He would not let the demons speak because they knew
who he was. Jesus
would not let the demons speak because he wanted the people to know
him by his words and actions. He would not let the demons frustrate
(CSB). Satan used the
title "Son of God" only to divert Jesus from His true
mission. Cf. Matthew 4:3.6. He tempted Jesus to be a self-serving and
popular Savior. (Bul's
might we apply this to our situations?
HE HAS BRINGS YOU TO SUFFERING, LET GOD USE YOU
went to other towns to "Preach", to proclaim or "live out"
that the Kingdom of God has come. This is the true work of Jesus.
The miracles are to call people to faith and trust in God who will
see you through.
it is sad to note that none of the people who were healed or
witnessed the healings acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God.
Luke 4:23 tells us of the many works Jesus performed in Capernaum.
Matthew 11:23.24 and Luke 10:15 tell us how cold and impenitent these
miracles left these people. Their judgment will be worse than that of
Sodom. "He came
unto His own but His own received Him not."
John 1:11. What a grief that must have been to Jesus Who was not only
divine but also human! (Bul's notes)
on the Lord: His timing will probably not be our timing. Like our
Old Testament reading for today, "...but
they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint"
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV).
God to show you "what"
he wants you to do. In your prayers, avoid the "why"?
rises early to pray (v. 35), because the people of Capernaum want him
to be something he is not. The disciples tell Jesus, "everyone is
looking for you". Jesus replies, "let's
go somewhere else so I can preach there also. That is why I have
the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:15) when they wanted to make Him
King by force, He went away, all alone, to pray. Why? For strength to
overcome this temptation to popularity. Jesus' purpose was to go
to the cross to save us from our soul sickness of sin.
praise and thank God that his son healed our soul from our sin. We
thank him that he cares for us. We can even thank him for the
illnesses he allows and the struggles he brings us to. God's
journey for us is to build our faith. We praise God who will bring
to completion this work of faith that he has begun in us,
Philippians 1:6. Amen.
you pray with me...Soli Deo Gloria=To God Be The Glory, Pastor John
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