Jesus invited to Lunch
As I was growing up there would be those Sundays that I would ask my parents if a friend could come home with me from Church and spend the afternoon with us. It was quite often a spur of the moment thought. Sometimes it was my sister asking the question. Sometimes the answer was yes and sometimes it was no. Let’s read about a surprise lunch guest that visited after a Sabbath meeting one day that not only changed the home but also the neighborhood as well. Please read mark 1:29-34 Jesus had called four men to stop what they were doing and to follow him, with the promise that he would make them fishers of men. They did. They stopped what they were doing and followed Jesus. I don’t know how long they had been following Jesus when he went to the synagogue and taught from the Scriptures that day but Peter heard enough, saw enough that he wanted Jesus to come home and eat lunch with them. You see Peter’s mother in law was at home in bed sick with a fever. Peter had just watched Jesus teach with authority and used that same authority to set a man free from an unclean spirit. The Bible doesn’t tell us what Peter’s motives are for having Jesus come home with him that Saturday after the synagogue meeting but his and the other men’s actions tell us a lot! No sooner had Jesus gotten in the house that these men tell Jesus about her. These men interceded for her. This is what we call intercessory prayer. These men were together in one place at the same time telling Jesus about Peter’s mother in law being in bed sick with a fever. Jesus listened and answered these men’s prayer request. He went into where Peter’s mother in law was, took her by the hand and raised her up. Jesus raised her up from her sickness. Jesus’ teaching and authority also has a place in our home. So often in our society people come to Jesus on Sunday morning and fail to invite him into their home. What could Jesus do in your home if you invited in and then interceded for your loved ones with whatever it is that they are struggling with? Jesus might have come home with Peter to have lunch that day, but others who were at that morning’s worship service were pondering what had happened to that man and when they could they were going to take their loved ones and friends to where Jesus was. And they did as soon as the Sabbath was over. It’s not written in the Scriptures but I wonder if the man who had been set free from that unclean spirit went and told others what the Lord had done for him. When Jesus shows up in our churches, our homes, our neighborhoods he cleans people from their sin, heals them in such a way that he gets the glory. Do you know Jesus?