Master to Messiah Introduction and Day 6
Week 2 >> CHANGED BY JESUS
Miracles occur when inherent ability is used in works of a supernatural origin. It is said that the purpose of miracles is to validate the message or the messenger. In your walk with Jesus, there have probably been several times He worked in special ways to get your attention. Peter and the disciples experienced incredible miracles that amazed everyone. Some of them were very personal, such as the healing of family members. Others were
just as impactful, even if not as personal. To be with Jesus was to be changed by Him. That is no different in the Church, 2000 years later.
At times, the miracles of Jesus drove Peter to his knees. This caused him to recognize the separation between himself and Jesus, whom he called “Master”. This term “master” definitely shows Peter is submitting to Jesus as someone of great authority. As we progress through our devotional, we can observe the events that deeply impact Peter and the disciples. These events move them from calling Jesus “Master” to calling Him “Messiah.” For Peter as well as disciples today, being on a journey with Jesus means that we are changed by His presence in our lives.
Week 2 >> Day 1
Jesus Heals Many
After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.
Jesus has now returned back to the area of Galilee. Specifically, He is back in the town of Capernaum, and performing amazing miracles. Peter is affected by these miracles himself. Jesus displays His personal care for Peter and his family by going to Simon Peter’s home and healing his mother-in-law. What an incredible example of the way Jesus showed individual attention to His children!
The news is spreading quickly of Jesus’ great authority. Now, Jesus begins to demonstrate His power over the human body. He heals those stricken with various diseases, and through this, begins manifesting His power and authority as God. From this point, He becomes much more personal and relational in His training of Peter and the other disciples.
Just as He did with Peter, Jesus makes things intimately personal in our walk with Him. Jesus wants us to know how much He cares for every need we have. Reflect today on the unique ways Jesus reaches out to you.
Thank God for ways He has personally cared for you or your family.
- Imagine yourself in the room when Peter’s mother-in-law was healed. How do you think Peter reacted? How would you have reacted?
- How do you think the disciples’ commitment to follow Jesus was impacted when they witnessed Him performing these miracles?
- Think of someone you know who has been miraculously healed physically, emotionally, or spiritually. How did that change your perspective on the way Jesus cares for those He loves?