Jesus’ First Day Of His Ministry

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

On the first day of his ministry:

When we find something precious and special, we want to keep it – maybe even hide it from others. But anything God gives us must be shared.

Luke’s telling of what happened is a bit different from Matthew’s.

But both tell of Jesus healing Simon’s mother in law. In Matthew, it is Jesus touching her and healing her. With Luke, he stands over her and rebukes the fever. Both tell of a healing – one gentle and one more forceful. (I like the gentle Matthew healing.)

Luke tells of Jesus rebuking the demons in those he was healing. Matthew says he healed them all by touching them.

Luke says that Jesus tells the people he must go to visit other cities and towns to heal because that is why he was sent. Matthew doesn’t mention how he left them – just that he carried on with his mission.

Two images of God among us. One gentle and one more authoritative. The author of Matthew was formed in and around Jerusalem with the rejection of the followers of Christ. He did not like the Jews that were in charge. Luke, was amidst the people of Syria (remember Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus) and among the Gentiles. Luke’s author chose to be more authoritative in his teaching. These people didn’t know the Jewish way.

But both told the story, from their point of view, and we have the broader story of Jesus because of it.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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