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
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
- 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.
See you again soon.