After leaving church services, many people only desire to go home and rest or take a nap.
After leaving the synagogue, surely Jesus could have used some rest (Luke 4:38-41). Instead, when he arrived at Peter’s house, he found one crying out for help just as he had in the synagogue.
Peter’s mother-in-law, Dr. Luke tells us, was “afflicted,” which is a medical term Greek doctors used in those days to describe one’s condition. He also wrote that Peter’s mother-in-law was “suffering from a high fever” (Luke 4:38 NASB). Physicians, as Luke, classified fevers as either major or minor. Major fevers were life-threatening, and Luke described this as a major fever.
Jesus was always ready to serve others and so he answered the call of help. Many people would turn away from someone with a high fever. Now, we know that high fevers also indicate a person is highly contagious. Jesus could have deferred the call, saying he was tired himself. He did not do that. Instead, he went to Peter’s mother-in-law and rebuked the fever and it left her (Luke 4:39).
The scriptures tell us that even as the sun was setting, Jesus was still healing people and casting out demons from them. Jesus is the tireless servant of God. He was never too tired to help people because he loved them. He tried his best to teach his disciples to have the same kind of love for people that he did. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 NASB).
Jesus would have us learn the same lesson. If we are his, we will learn to love each other and learn to love all kinds of people, even those who appear to be rough, rude and unloving. We will learn to do this because Jesus loved us when we were the same.