Saved To Serve Jesus

Preached to the Saints at Riverview Baptist on the evening of February 26, 2017
At 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN


matthew_8_14t15Matthew 8:14-15 (KJV) And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever. 15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.

Mark 1:29-31 (KJV) And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

Luke 4:38-39 (KJV) {Jesus} arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

To study the Gospel you often need to read more than one Gospel. Each Gospel gives us a different perspective of an event. Listen Beloved,

If you do not read and study your Bible for yourself,
But only trust in what the preacher says,
You are prone to error.

One of the largest Churches in the world is the Catholic Church. I have a lot of respect for this Church. It is true that many years the Catholic Church martyred and attacked the Protestant faith, but the Catholics stand with us on the Sanctity of Life and the Sacredness of marriage, with one exception. The Catholic Church believes that Peter was the rock the Church was built upon, and that succession from Peter is the Popes that have ruled the Church. The Pope, as well as the Fathers who oversee the local Churches, are supposed to be single men, unmarried to wives. Yet here is my problem:

If this is true, then why did Peter have a wife?
Peter Had A Wife, Because He Had A Mother-In-Law

God gave us more than one Gospel so that we could have two or more witnesses to what happened while He was on the earth. In three of the Gospels we are told that Peter had a wife.

Matthew 8:14 (KJV) … when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother ..

Mark 1:30 (KJV) … Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever

Luke 4:38 (KJV) {Jesus} arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother …

Peter had a wife. We are told this THREE TIMES.

If Peter is the pattern for Popes then why don’t the Popes and Fathers marry?

In our America Biblical Marriage is under attack. But Biblical Marriage is honorable. We are told that …

Hebrews 13:4 (KJV) Marriage is honorable in ALL, and the bed undefiled: BUT whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Marriage is honorable in ALL”.
God designed us for marriage.
Marriage between one man and one woman was in Eden.

Some like the Apostle Paul never married so that he could focus on the work of the ministry. But the Bible tells us

Proverbs 18:22 (ESV) He who FINDS A WIFE FINDS A GOOD THING and obtains favor from the LORD.

Biblical Marriage and the stable home is so important that it is tied to the qualification for Pastors and Deacons in the Church. The Apostle Paul tells us:

1 Timothy 3:2, 4 (KJV)  A BISHOP (overseer of the Church) then must be …. the husband of one wife….   [4]  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection …

1 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)  Let the DEACONS be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

The leaders of the Church were to model Biblical marriage. One man, one woman, one family following one God. Peter had one wife – and one mother-in-law!

Jesus Loves To Visit Families

The Biblical family is a place Jesus loved to visit. He had been been busy healing people all day long. It is tiring to minister to people. It is a lovely thing to do so, but it still takes much out of you. I like nothing better at the end of a hard day than to go to my wife, to my home, to rest and unwind. Jesus wanted to rest.

So they went to Peter’s home.

If you read the texts you will find no where that this was Peter’s suggestion. The Bible says:

Luke 4:38 (KJV) {Jesus} arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house.

Jesus had been ministering, and now He needs to be ministered to. Jesus saved Peter not to sit on a pew, not to be a critic of the Pastor, not to be a barnacle on the bow of the Great Ship of Zion. The Church in America has too many of these barnacles! No, Jesus saves so that we can serve. And Jesus loves to save WHOLE FAMILIES. The Philippian Jailer asked in Acts 16:30:

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

To which the Apostle Paul promptly replied:

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Preach If there is more of Jesus and less of Nintendo in the family Jesus could save the whole family. If there is more of Jesus and less of ESPN and CSI and idiotic commercials on the one eyed boob tube Jesus could save the whole family. If children received Bibles and parents instructed in the Bible rather than buy the kids I-Pads, I-Phones, and WIFI connections then Jesus could save the whole family.

Jesus wants the whole family.
Jesus loves to save the whole family.
Jesus comes to the family and to the home to bless it.

When Jesus came to Peter’s home what did He find?

Matthew 8:14 (KJV) And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

Luke 4:38-39 (KJV) {Jesus} arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever….

It is said that “A man’s home is his castle”. I love to come home to my precious wife and the peace that is my place. But a home with sickness in it is not a castle, nor even a palace, but a hospital. There is no cheer – or very little – in a hospital. People are sick in a hospital. The food is not that good. Jesus needed rest. The disciples needed rest. But Peter’s mother-in-law lay sick of fever. Luke tells us that it was not just a fever, but a GREAT fever.

What Could This GREAT FEVER Represent?

Many of our families are attacked by suffering. Peter’s mother-in-law was suffering. She had a GREAT Fever.

  • This GREAT Fever Could Represent SIN There is a fever gripping our country, people rioting, demanding that we call the abnormal and unbiblical normal and biblical. This fever is SIN. People are on fire with SIN. When a GREAT Fever is not controlled then it can harm a person. A fever of just 103° can cause damage to the body, and the highest survived internal body temperature was 115°. If Jesus did not intervene with Peter’s mother-in-law she could have died, and if Jesus does not intervene by saving a sinner’s soul then that person can die. The Bible tells us that:

Romans 6:23 (ESV) … the wages of sin is death

Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV) … The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Sin is a poison. It is unnatural. I heard a story once how – during the Korean War – a young man lay blind in a Mobile Army unit. His friend asked the doctors why he was blind. They told him that he bought some cheap liquor off of the Black Market so he could get drunk, and of course drank it. What he didn’t know was that the Koreans drilled a small hole in the bottom of the bottle, drained out the drinkable liquor, and refilled the bottle with wood alcohol before the plugged the hole. Drinking wood alcohol is like drinking antifreeze – it can blind or kill you. The young man’s friend went back to his tent, and pulled out of his foot locked a bottle of liquor. Turning it over he saw the tiny plug where his bottle was tampered with.

The Wages of Sin is death.

People with Great Fevers are restless, always moving. Nothing pleases them, and no one can please them. The sinner without Christ is seeking to fill a void that only Jesus can fill. The sinner, fevered, has tried numerous solutions but none seem to satisfy. They are thirsty, but cannot satisfy that thirst. They have no peace with God. But to those who have invited Jesus into their homes they have the Peace of God even in the midst of trials. They have the Precious Promise:

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Oh, how blessed to be in the Family of God! If you have a thirst and cannot fill it, come to Christ. He who comes to Christ will never be cast out. She who comes to Christ shall receive the Water of Life, and will be blessed!

  • This Great Fever Can Represent A Punishment For Sin When people get sick there are many who immediately think and perhaps says “This sickness was punishment from God”. Sickness and death CAN be a punishment from God. The Bible tells us in Hebrews:

Hebrews 12:5-8 (ESV) And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

God paddles His children by afflictions when we wander from His side. King David cried out:

Psalm 118:18 (NLT) The LORD has punished me severely, but he did not let me die.

The Church of Corinth wandered away from the Great Shepherd and into the fields of sins thistles. They walked so far away from Jesus that they blasphemed the Lord’s Table. The Lord told them:

1 Corinthians 11:29-31 (ESV) For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

The believer who gets into sin and will not repent is the believer in trouble.

Perhaps you might be like the Prodigal Son who, wandering from God’s blessing, found himself eating food fit only for the hogs. Perhaps that horrible condition will cause the fallen to come to their senses and say:

Luke 15:18-19 (KJV) I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

When you repent and return to the Kingdom of your Father it is there you will find forgiveness, comfort, the new robe and the fatted calf killed.

Sin can sicken.
Sin can kill.
But we have a Great Shepherd Who can take that away and restore us,
if we but look to Him.

  • This Great Fever Can Also Represent The Testings Of God Many times sickness is not come upon us because of our sin, but for a greater cause. The Bible says:

James 1:2-4 (KJV) My brethren, COUNT IT ALL JOY when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

God allows trials on His Children to grow our faith, to teach us to cling tightly to Him by faith when the waves of this life threaten to overturn our boats. Trials test our faith, shape our faith, grow our faith. We need the trials so that we can grow into the Masterpiece that God wants us to be.

There are many who PROFESS Christ, but few who are POSSESSED of Christ. The trials shows us WHO is in charge of our lives. It is US or is it the LORD? If it is the LORD, then that is where we will turn and cling when smitten by the whip of suffering.

Jesus saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a FEVER

Illustrate I remember when I was a little boy and had a very high fever – a believe mother said it was 106 degrees. I was not hungry, the thought of food made me sick. I was thirsty, but could not drink. I was absolutely helpless. In the midst of this sickness I was totally reliant upon my mother and to the doctor she took me to. I hated a shot, but I did not cry nor even wince when I got a shot that day. I needed relief.

So it is with those who suffer in sickness.
Sickness makes us surrendered to our Lord.
It makes us pliable.

I have only once in my life met a person who was sick who would not allow me to pray for them. When we are sick we turn to Jesus. When our loved ones have Great Fever, we turn to Jesus. We read:

Mark 1:30 (KJV) Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and ANON they tell him of her.

The word “ANON” is the Greek εὐθέως eutheōs which means “immediately”. When Jesus entered the home they did not tarry, but IMMEDIATELY told Jesus about her suffering. Jesus was the FIRST place that they turned. They did not stop and sit Jesus in the corner while they ran out to get a doctor. No, they had the GREAT PHYSICIAN right there with them. All eyes went to Jesus.

Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t use doctors. Doctors are fine. Use a doctor. Their training is a blessing you can use. But go to Doctor JESUS before you go to Doctor Ernheart. Go to Doctor Jesus before you go to Vanderbilt or Centennial Hospital. Luke (who was a Doctor) wrote:

Luke 4:38 (KJV) … and they BESOUGHT HIM for her.
Sickness tests our love for Jesus and our love for our family.
Sickness is the rain that make’s love’s flower bloom!

Too often we take advantage of one another, and take Jesus for granted. But now Peter’s Mother-in-law is sick, and Peter, James, and John come to Jesus on her behalf. We love You, Lord, and this is the one we also love. My mother-in-law is not a bad joke! She has always been good to me. You have healed others today, will you not heal this precious woman?”.

So they “besought Jesus”. Do you have a loved one in a Great Fever? Seek Jesus on his or her behalf. Let love bloom.

Jesus Ministered To Peter’s Mother-In-Law And She Ministered To Him

Jesus ministered to this precious woman. How did He minister?

  • Jesus Ministered By His Presence

Matthew 8:15 (KJV) And he touched her hand …

Mark 1:31 (KJV) And he came and took her by the hand …

Luke 4:39 (KJV) And he stood over her,

Jesus was there with her. The greatest blessing when the greatest trial is in our lives is the Presence of Jesus. Jesus is always there when we call for Him. He has promised:

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) … fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Christ is with His people, the Shepherd with His Sheep. He is there. He has promised,

Matthew 28:20 (KJV) … lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The world may end, but He will not. The Great I AM is with us, even in the trials of life.

  • Jesus Ministered By His Look

Matthew 8:14 (KJV) And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he SAW his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.

When your Doctor says “I will SEE you”, he doesn’t just mean that he will look at you. He means that he will examine your affliction in his professional capacity, that he will search into a cure for your need. Jesus SAW Peter’s mother-in-law. He knows what you need. Jesus is able to heal you, to bless you. Jesus is a Specialist in Great Fevers. Give yourselves to Him today!

  • Jesus Ministered By His Touch

Matthew 8:15 (KJV) And he TOUCHED her hand, and the fever left her…

Mark 1:31 (KJV) And he came and TOOK HER BY THE HAND, and lifted her up; ..

Jesus did not heal from afar, but took her by the hand and LIFTED HER UP. Jesus will lift you UP. He will lift you UP in this life, and will lift you UP to Heaven in the next life.

  • Jesus Ministered By His Word

Luke 4:39 (KJV) And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

She was healed when He spoke the Word. Jesus healed the mother-in-law, and in turn once healed SHE SERVE HIM. Beloved, we are saved to serve Him. We are not saved so that we can win an all expense paid trip to glorious Paradise, where we can romp and play on the sandy shores of the River of Life. No, we are saved to serve the Master. As Spurgeon said:

With gratitude beaming from her face, she placed each dish upon the table, and brought forth water wit which her guests might wash their feet. The moment the Lord Jesus Christ saves a soul He gives that soul strength for its appointed service.”

She did what she could for the glory of Christ. Are you? Are you?

About bibleteacherorg

A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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