“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
“If Jesus isn’t in the house, then the most important person is missing. And if the most important person is missing, then the house is empty.”
During the next two weeks we will be learning about the power that was experienced every time Jesus visited a home. When the Lord was among us here on earth, He never rejected anybody. He ate with sinners, healed the sick, and spoke with those looked down on. He loved the rejected, performed miracles, and most importantly, taught us how to love our neighbor. In the New Testament, we find 12 times He visited a home, leaving us an example of love put into action.
LET’S GO DEEPER
Let’s learn about what happened when Jesus visited these homes:
1. HAPPINESS IN THE HOME (THE WEDDING IN CANA OF GALILEE)
Read John 2:1-12
Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding, but during the party they ran out of wine which meant the party was over.
Jesus performed His first miracle at this wedding when He determined that the waters would be transformed into the best wine the people had tasted. Wine represents happiness, joy and fullness, and that is what Jesus restored in that home.
“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11).
Is your home lacking happiness? You must know that Jesus wants to transform all the pain and suffering into the purest kind of joy.
2. HEALING (PETER’S HOUSE)
Read Luke 4:38-39
“Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.”
Upon leaving the synagogue, Jesus visited his disciple Peter’s house and found
that his mother-in-law was sick. Immediately, Jesus rebuked the disease and ministered healing. The woman was healed and began to serve the Lord Jesus.
Jesus is interested in blessing the families who serve Him. The touch of the Savior in one life has so much impact that as a result this person is inspired to follow Him and serve the Lord with his/her gifts and talents.
3. RESTORATION (THE HOUSE IN CAPERNAUM)
Read Luke 5:17-26
Upon arriving at the house where Jesus stayed between trips, a crowd
approached Jesus wanting to receive several miracles. But a paralyzed man got
His attention when he came into the house through the roof with the help of his friends. Astonished by their faith, Jesus not only forgave his sins but restored this man’s health.
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house” (Luke 5:24).
Jesus wants to restore your health as well as your family’s. Invite Him to visit your home today! He wants to make you prosper in everything.
4. REPENTANCE (LEVI’S HOUSE)
Read Luke 5:29-32
“Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus was invited to enjoy a meal at Levi’s house. Levi was a tax collector which is why the Pharisees quickly began to discriminate Levi for his past. They questioned Jesus and His disciples for eating with him. However, the Lord warned them: “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”.
Jesus took repentance and forgiveness to Levi’s house. Let Him enter yours and also forgive your past marked with curses, sins and arguments. He can make all things new!
5. ANOINTING AND FORGIVENESS (SIMON’S HOUSE)
Read Luke 7:36-46
There was a custom in Israel that every time someone arrived to a house, the host offered them water to wash their hands and feet. When Jesus arrived at Simon’s house, Simon didn’t offer said hospitality. But everyone was surprised when a woman walked in, washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her own hair and anointed them with perfume.
Jesus saw this woman’s love and said in front of everyone: “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little” (Luke 7:47).
When you invite Jesus into your house, your heart is transformed. You can cry at His feet and leave your burdens, struggles and fears there, and in return receive His forgiveness and anointing.
6. RESURRECTION (JAIRUS’ HOUSE)
Read Luke 8:41-56
Jairus was desperate for a solution to his daughter’s sickness, so He invited Jesus to his house. But the worst possible thing happened on their way there, his daughter died. Despite this, seeing this man’s faith, Jesus went with him and performed the miracle. “But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat” (Luke 8:54-55).
What do you want to be brought back to life? What needs to flourish? Jesus can bring to life what you thought was dead. Call onto Him and ask Him to visit your home and resurrect everything you considered lost.
- Visit one or two neighbors and pray for their needs, impart the blessings you learned about in Jesus’ first six visits.
- Get together with your cell group and make sure to go to your weekend service. God wants to minister to you and equip you to take salvation and restoration to many families around you.