The Best House Visitation
Charles H. Spurgeon
We see before us small beginnings and grand endings. One man is called by the voice of Jesus and then another; the house wherein they dwell is consecrated by the Lord's presence, and by and by the whole city is stirred from end to end with the name and fame of the Great Teacher. We are often wishing that God would do some great thing in the world, and we look abroad for instruments which we think would be peculiarly fit, and think of places where the work might suitably begin: it might be quite as well if we asked the Lord to make use of us, and if we were believingly to hope that even our feeble instrumentality might produce great results by His power, and that our abode might become the central point from which streams of blessing should flow forth to refresh the neighborhood.
Peter's house was by no means the most notable building in the town of Capernaum. It was probably not the poorest dwelling in the place, for Peter had a boat of his own, or perhaps a half share in a boat with his brother Andrew, or possibly he and Andrew and James and John were proprietors of some two or three fishing boats, for they were partners, and they appear to have employed hired servants (Mark 1:20). Still Peter was not rich nor famous, he was neither a ruler of the synagogue, nor an eminent scribe, and his house was not at all remarkable among the habitations which made up the little fishing suburb down by the seashore. Yet to this house did Jesus go. He had foreknown and chosen it of old, and had resolved to make it renowned by His presence and miraculous power. There hung the fisherman's nets outside the door-the sole escutcheon and hatchment of one who was ordained to sit upon a throne and judge with his fellow apostles the twelve tribes of Israel. Beneath that lowly roof Immanuel deigned to unveil Himself: God-with-us showed Himself God with Simon. Little did Peter know how divine a blessing entered his house wh ...
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