“Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, ‘I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’ And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.” Luke 4:38-44
Jesus went to the home of Simon Peter. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. They asked Jesus to help, in fact they appealed to Jesus on her behalf.
This woman was ill, perhaps too ill to speak for herself, but the Bible doesn’t specify who “they” were. Maybe it was Peter or Peter’s wife who sought help for the mother. It could have been another family member or friend who pleaded for her healing. We don’t know who asked; we do know that Jesus answered. He bent over the woman, rebuked the fever, and immediately it left her.
Jesus had come to set free the prisoners, release the oppressed, give sight to the blind, and preach the great good news.
He began His ministry and a mother-in-law oppressed by a fever was immediately released. Jesus spoke and a demon fled from a man held prisoner by evil.
The people came and Jesus lovingly laid His hands on every one of them and they were all healed.
Healing, health, help, hope and this was just the beginning of the great Good News.