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Guess Who's coming to dinner.

As they were hanging around in Galilee there was a day when Peter invited Jesus over for dinner.

And when Jesus had come to Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she arose, and waited on Him. ~ Matthew 8:14-15

photo from the second lunch

Was this the scene?

Peter:   (holding his cell phone) Honey, I am bringing the boss home for dinner, can you make some extra humus and maybe scare up something special for desert?

Pete’s wife:  Peter! You know mother is in bed with a fever, and I can hardly keep up. It never stops: ‘I’m thirsty,’ ‘I’m too hot, open the shutters,’ ‘I’m too cold, get me a blanket,’ ‘where’s the TV guide.’ And now you want me to cook for Jesus?

Peter:  Oh and can you tidy up a bit? I don’t want Him to think I am a slob.

Pete’s wife:  I pretty sure He already knows – did you take a whiff of that tunic you wore this morning? It smelled like you have been dancing with the camel.

Peter:  By the way, Andrew James and John are coming too.

Ok – maybe not, but in any case Jesus comes over to Peter’s house.

I actually really enjoy the little glimpses we have into this relationship between Jesus and Peter. I know everyone always says that John was Jesus’ best friend, but that is mostly because John said it all the time.

There are a couple times when Jesus and Peter share some intimate moments.

Remember when the tax man came around? The tax man asked Peter if Jesus paid taxes, and Peter said yes, and then closed the door in their faces. He headed directly to Jesus as if to say “Jesus, do we pay taxes?” and before he could say anything Jesus explained why they should not have to, but ended with this:

But, lest we give them offense, go to the sea, and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a stater. Take that and give it to them for you and Me. ~ Matthew 17:27

I love the phrase there – for you and Me. It is so personal.

Here again we have an account of Jesus going to Peter’s house. I don’t know if He went simply to heal Peter’s mother-in-law, or if they were just hanging out together, and Jesus walked into a bad situation.

I love it when Jesus walks into a bad situation, don’t you?

  • Blind from birth
  • Diseased for 38 years
  • Internal bleeding for 18 years
  • Leprosy
  • Thousands of demons
  • Money changers in the temple
  • Sword wielding soldiers
  • Even the TAX MAN!!!

Or like today a woman in bed with a fever. When I get thrust into bad circumstance it is not always pretty. It can bring out the worst in me. The circumstances change me. Put Jesus in a bad circumstances and the circumstances are getting ready to change. [Tweet This]

How are your circumstances today?

It’s time to invite Jesus over for dinner, don’t you think?

Lord, today, this day, I want to invite you to come into my circumstances. I don’t know what you are going to do when you get here, but I give you free rein. Turn over the tables if you want, or we could just go fishing. You say Lord.

BenThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

16 thoughts on “Guess Who's coming to dinner.

  1. joseph elon lillie

    I chuckled through the first half of this Ben. I am convicted by the thought that when I walk into a bad situation it should change because of Jesus in me. It's time to let the Spirit out.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen to that - probably my greatest desire is to be able to connect so easily with the Father and do the works I was created for.

      Hey - thanks for using the Tweet link!

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  2. letnothingbewasted

    1) The fact that the mother-in-law jumped up & waited on them always cracks me up actually. Well, not so much that she did it but it's because THAT is what is immortalized. Guess that means I'm supposed to take something from it BESIDES the fact that it makes me laugh. 🙂
    2) I chuckled about your comment about John! So true! But what gets me every time I read about "the one that Jesus loved," is the overwhelming desire that I could say that with the same confidence that John shows.
    3) I love Peter. Yes, he was always blundering. But that's why I love him - because he didn't hold back, fearful of blundering & making mistakes.
    4) Love the thought of allowing Jesus into ALL my circumstances. Don't know why that is so hard.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      1) actually i almost poked some fun at the jump out of bed and get to work thing too - like OK i have healed you now get me some iced tea. You do have a good point though - i mean we only get 2 sentences and that one detail is in all three tellings. And isn't that really our heart when we see what great love the Lord has for us, it draws us into service
      2-4) Amen on all other counts
      Thanks for your thoughtful comments - it adds so much to the room.

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  3. bennetta faire

    THIS IS 5-STAR, Prof!! I loved EVERY word. I confess that don't like how I often reflect badly in bad circumstances (who IS that woman, and what happened to all her "grace"??)--I think we get stressed because we fear we're not up to the task of the moment, that we don't have whatever's needed. Instead of looking at ourselves, we should be looking TO the One who can handle anything and everything. You and Bubba Lar know I'm always cookin', so I say, "Come Lord Jesus--I've got a plate ready for You!" (And unlike Pete, I know I don't have to tidy up the place--it's Jesus, for Pete's sake, He LOVES us!!) God bless you BIG--love, sis CJ

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    1. Ben Nelson

      hey thanks CJ. always love a 5 star rating! it's funny how in big stuff i do ok with bad circumstances, but the little stuff sometimes pushe me over the edge.

      Save me Jesus!
      Bless you CJ

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      1. bennetta faire

        I think that's interesting too, Ben--I have this visual, just now, of God lacing His fingers together, palms up, to give us a boost when we need to step up for those "big bad" circumstances.

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