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Bible Passage Matthew 8: 14-22
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Daniel, ISAIAH, Luke, Matthew.

Follow me

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 17, 2023

14 When Jesus went into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever.

15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her. Then she got up and began serving him.

16 When evening came, people brought to him many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits by speaking a command and healed everyone who was sick.

17 This was to fulfill what was declared by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “It was he who took our illnesses away and removed our diseases.”

18 When Jesus saw the large crowds around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

19 Just then, a scribe came up and told him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus told him, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest.”

21 Then another of his disciples told him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

The home of Peter was in Capernaum. Jesus may have used Peter’s house as His own home. Jesus healed Peter’s wife’s mother at once when He touched her hand.

Usually, people feel weak and need time to convalesce after they have been ill like that. But she immediately got up and served a meal to Jesus.

This happened on the day of the Sabbath. Mark and Luke wrote that they left the synagogue that day (Mark 1:29; Luke 4:38 ). Nobody could go for a walk until the evening when that special day ended. They could not travel very far. Also, they could not carry a sick person.

In verse 17, Matthew added the words from Isaiah’s poem about a servant (Isaiah 53:4). Jesus made these words come true. All His life, He sympathized with those who suffered and healed those who were ill.

Jesus attracted a man who taught the Law. This man recognized that Jesus was teaching differently from himself and other teachers. Jesus was honest. He never taught that it was easy to be His disciple. He wanted the man to think about the kind of life that He would have with Jesus. Jesus did use Peter’s home in Capernaum. Also, there were women who helped him. They provided many things that He needed (Luke 8:2-3). But it was true that He did not have His own home. Even animals and birds have their own place to live. But Jesus did not have such security.

Jesus used the words ‘Son of Man’ to describe Himself. It is like the name ‘Messiah’. This idea comes from the book of Daniel (Daniel 7:13-14). Someone who was ‘like a son of man’ came to God. He ‘received power and honor and he became a king’.

This man was already a disciple, but he did not want to be completely loyal to Jesus. It was the duty of a son to bury his father. But this man’s father was probably still alive, so his funeral would not be soon. The man wanted to follow Jesus, but he wanted to postpone it too. He wanted to wait until his father had died. That might still be years later. Jesus knew that the man just wanted to delay. Jesus’ answer was, ‘Follow me’. It showed that a disciple must make Jesus most important, even more, important than family relationships.

‘Let the dead bury their own dead’ may mean that someone would be sure to bury the man’s father. Or it may refer to people who did not follow Jesus. They were the people who were spiritually dead. The people who did not follow Jesus could carry out the funeral ceremonies.

🔷 Jesus has absolute power over all sicknesses

🔷 We must worship God immediately we meet Him. We can’t postpone following Him and working for Him.

🔷 It’s not just easy being a Christian. There may come difficult moments but all shall soon pass.

💥 Ask for God’s healing hands in your family
💥 Pray that you will diligently follow Christ

It is easy to find excuses for which we can’t follow Christ. But we should never give an excuse or let anything separate us from God’s gracious love in Christ. Even in the troubles, it is safest to be with the Lord.

In series Bright Morning Reflections