The fourth chapter of Luke gives us a day in the life of Jesus. Earlier in the chapter, we find Jesus going into the synagogue and reading from Isaiah. “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18). For the rest of the chapter, he demonstrates the passage he read from Isaiah, healing and delivering many. Again, Luke shows us an example of Jesus healing both a man and a woman, and the woman happened to be Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:33–39).
Luke tells the story simply and briefly. When Peter’s mother-inlaw took ill, Jesus rebuked the fever. Her health was immediately restored and she began to serve them (Luke 4:38–39). Although it takes only two verses to tell the story, we can draw powerful lessons from it. It emphasizes not only Jesus’s ability to heal but also his authority to heal. In healing Jairus’s daughter, Jesus spoke to the young girl. The woman with the issue of blood touched him and received her healing. However, during his encounter with Peter’s mother-in-law, Jesus actually spoke to the disease itself, rebuking it. For the first time this week, we see what role evil forces can have in our lives. The comfort is knowing that Jesus has the power and the authority to overrule any disease or demon. And he will help us in our time of need, because we are his daughters.