Jan 112013
This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Galilean ministry


  • Matthew 8:14-17
  • Mark 1:29-34
  • Luke 4:38-41

After the service and casting out the evil spirits in the man, Jesus left the synagogue with James and John. He went to Simon and Andrew’s house.

We sometimes forget that the disciples of Jesus were not separate entities. They were part of families. They had brothers and sisters and parents. 1 Corinthians 5:9 tells us Peter was married.

Don’t we have the right to bring a Christian wife with us as the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers do, and as Peter* does? (1 Corinthians 9:5 NLT)

When Jesus arrived at Peter and Andrew’s home, He was told that Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. The people asked Jesus to heal her.

Jesus went to her bedside. He touched her hand and helped her to sit up. Jesus rebuked the fever. When He touched her hand, the fever left her. It left her completely, not a little bit, completely. She was totally healed. Peter’s mother-in-law got up from the bed and prepared a meal for them.

The people, who attended the synagogue that Sabbath’s day, must have discussed Jesus’ teaching and the authority with which He had healed the man. Hope came into their lives for their sick family members.  It was the Sabbath day. The Jews had many laws concerning the Sabbath day. The people did not want to break the law by travelling. Therefore they waited until after the Sabbath day which ended at sunset.

The news had spread through the whole town. As the sun went down the people could not wait any longer. They came to Peter and Andrew’s house, bringing their sick family members to Jesus. The whole town was gathered at the door to watch.

They believed that Jesus would heal the people. Jesus did. He healed them all. He healed them with a single word, a single touch.

It did not matter what the disease was. When Jesus touched them, they were healed. Many were possessed with demons. The demons came out of the people on the demand of Jesus Christ.

Crowds followed Jesus

  • Matthew 4:23-25
  • Mark 1:35-39
  • Luke 4:42-44

Before daybreak came, the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Jesus always had time for His Father. His ministry did not take precedence over praying to His Father. Throughout the Gospels we read how Jesus went to isolated places to pray in solitude.

When the people began looking for Jesus, Simon and the other disciples went in search of Him. They found Jesus and told Him people were looking for Him.

Jesus asnwered them that He could not stay in Capernaum; He had to go to other towns to preach the kingdom of God.

Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went—people from Galilee, the Ten Towns, Jerusalem, from all over Judea, and from east of the Jordan River. (Matthew 4:23–25 NLT)

The Ten Towns were ten Gentile cities east of the Sea of Galilee. They were joined together for trade and mutual defenses.


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Retha is passionate about the Bible, she is the author of The Four Faces, a fantasy novel, a reader, and a blogger. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Hubpages, Pinterest, LinkedIn Other blogs: Discover Bible Treasures and Author blog 

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  12 Responses to “Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law”

  1. Thanks Retha. I stop by and read but don’t always comment. Thought I’d leave you a note and let you know you’re being read.
    Diana Lesire Brandmeyer recently posted..Glazed Doughnut Gluten FreeMy Profile

  2. Thanks for posting! I am really interested in laying of the hands. This post is a great reminder of Jesus’ healing power in our lives.

  3. Communion with God is best done in silence and solitude. thanks for sharing this from the Bible. Dropping by from UBC.
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  4. I have never had a laying of the hands, but I know a few family members that could use it. When I used to go on ski trips with my church, the one night they would have the priest and a few others pray over you, while you stood or sat and for those who did it, it was a moving experience.
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    • Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Jesus heals. Yes, he heals with laying of the hands and also with prayer. The government official’s son (previous post) was healed without anybody touching him. Jesus spoke the word and he was healed.

  5. What an example Jesus left us – to always pray – that was the Source of power of Jesus’s Ministry and should be ours still today.

  6. Wonderful commentary on healing of Jesus by touch. He touched Peter’s mother-in-law and she got up. Instant healing. I believe this. It took 23 years for me to get healed of Urinary Track Infection. Jesus only healed me. Thanx sister.


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