Dear Theophilus… Feb 2017

Dear TheophilusOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the beginning of Mark’s gospel we get an account of a day in the life of Jesus. Jesus is now living in Capernaum, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is the Sabbath, Saturday, and Mark starts his account with a morning service in the Synagogue, where Jesus is down to do the teaching; something he does with an authority that surprises the people.

At some point during this time, Jesus is interrupted by a man possessed by an evil spirit, a situation he again handles with authority and which again amazes the people. This is followed by lunch at the home of Peter and Andrew where Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law who has a fever.

Such was Jesus’ reputation by this time that a large crowd gathered in the evening for an impromptu healing service, attended by the whole town, where Jesus heals many of various diseases and casts out many demons.

Whether Jesus then went home to bed, or stayed the night at Peter’s we don’t know, but we do know that very early the following morning, while it was still dark, he was up and spending time in prayer to his Father, before setting off again to preach in the neighbouring villages.

And so ended a very busy 24 hours!

Reading this account, we can only marvel how Jesus managed to teach and minister both with authority in the synagogue and with sensitivity in the home, and that he was able to be totally available to the crowds and still find time for the individuals and also time to be alone with his Father.

There is a pattern here that we can all learn from. We may not be called to teach and minister to the crowds, but we are all called by God to fulfill his purpose for our lives, which we can do with the authority of his calling. In the busyness of each day, though, let us not overlook the times when we have opportunity to help someone in need, like Peter’s mother-in-law, and let us not forget to spend time alone with our Heavenly Father, to re-charge our spiritual batteries and to learn from him his plans for the coming day.


Theophilus is the guy for whom Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. (Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1) Theophilus means ‘Lover of God’ so, if you love God, it was written for you!