Waiting On Them
January 31, 2012 § 1 Comment
After teaching and healing in the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon Peter’s house (Mark 1:29-31). There he found Simon Peter’s mother-in-law in the grip of a fever. In the ancient world of that time this was a serious matter that could lead to death. So Jesus took her hand, got her up, and the fever left her (1:31). Jesus healed her through “raising her up.” The Greek verb used in this verse (egeiro) is literally the same one that would later apply to Jesus in Mark 16:6 when He has risen from the death. The same power of God that raised Jesus from the death was the power authorized by Jesus in healing this woman. However, the result of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law’s raising from the death is the fascinating piece that is sometimes overlooked. The NIV translations simply says, “and she began to wait on them” (1:31). The Greek verb used in this case is diakoneo which means served. It is also a verb that Jesus would later apply to himself in Mark 10:45 when indicating that He did not come to be served, but to serve others. That is what waiting on others mean… to serve them the way Jesus served us. Do you and I take for granted God’s new life to us every day, or do we realize He is giving new life to us so that we can become the servants of others?