“Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them.”
Jesus had just finished getting famous (remember verse 28 of this chapter). It was time to re-group. Jesus knew that when He had performed the First miracle as recorded in John 2 that the clock had begun. I wonder, since we are not told, how much Jesus knew Divinely about how events would unfold. Of course, He knew His purpose from the beginning. And we also know that Jesus was fully God and fully man, as demonstrated by His ability to see into the hearts and minds of man while He was here on earth. And He knew His hour was coming. I can’t say wether Jesus knew from the very start exactly when ‘His hour’ would be there, but it does say in John 13:1 “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end…” It’s just interesting, and I know this is mere speculation; But ‘when He knew His hour had come’ almost implies that this specific time was not always known. Now, Jesus knew when it was not time, and just because scripture doesn’t come out and say “He knew” or “He didn’t know” doesn’t really leave me much room to say one or the other. But I believe thinking about all this is important:
The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in all things and knows our earthly struggles and sufferings (Hebrews 4:14-15 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”) One of the biggest struggles we face sometimes is not knowing when our time is up. For some people, this is a daily fear. For others, they have found peace in knowing that God is in control of that. Or maybe these same people that have peace about their own time find it hard to contemplate someone else’s ‘hour’.
How did Jesus respond to His ‘hour’ being started? Since He knew that His end would be suffering more immense than any of us can really fathom, this is important to realize, when Jesus thought of His hour, it was with much more emotion than we probably experience (see Luke 22:44). Jesus took time to re-group when He needed to re-boot and be prepared for both the work He was now doing and the end that would come soon for Him. And there’s two types of getting away that Jesus did –
1) with His disciples (the examples in Mark are: 3:7&13, 4:10, 4:35-36, 6:7, 6:30-32, 7:17, 8:9-10, 9:2, 9:30-32, 10:32-33, 14:16, and 14:33-34. I’m sorry I’m not listing them all here 😦 but please look them up in the chapter links!) Here’s the application of this for ourselves as we can take Jesus’ example: We are going around trying to share Jesus’ love and light, interact with people in the world, and we also need to take times to re-set both with other Christians, and by ourselves with God.
2) The second type I just mentioned is that Jesus would also get by Himself:
“At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed.”
I want to mention just two quick points here – one was that after Jesus rested, He always got back to His Father’s work. Such a short break with His disciples in the house, a meal together, then He was back to healing the people. Same for us, when we take the time off, when we get some rest, it’s just as important to get back to God’s work. Don’t sit and relax too much, this just fosters laziness and a forgetfulness of our job as believers. And I always think of Pilgrim’s Progress when Christian takes the time to rest, but oversleeps and then has to deal with catching up in the night, and things seem more scary and difficult to overcome. And secondly, both kinds of getting away are important. Some other verses in Mark when Jesus would get by Himself are: 6:46-47 and 14:35. There are other examples in the other gospels as well of Jesus getting alone. And He always got alone to be with God.
When was the last time you sat with other believers to just re-group? Pray with them, maybe share a meal? And how often do you get alone with Your Lord and Friend?