Luke 8:22-56

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus' feet, he implored him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

49 While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler's house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” 50 But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” 51 And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat. 56 And her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

In each of these scenarios, there is a consistent pattern. A difficult, fear-inducing scenario comes upon the people, Jesus displays the power of His holy presence and word, and the onlookers tremble at the sheer holiness of God. 

I’ve used this analogy before. One of my favorite scenes in the movie Interstellar is when the team lands onto the water planet, they look into the horizon and see what they think are mountains. But they’re not mountains… they’re swells of massive waves slowly growing and approaching the team. The camera pans up and up and up the massive wave. You can feel the anticipation of the power, intensity, and force of the wave. You want to watch the force of the wave crashing and crushing everything in its path. But you also look on with fear, in awe of the sheer magnitude and display of power. 

The storm and Jesus’ display of holy power. The demon and Jesus’ rebuke and authority. The bleeding woman and His power and mercy. The dead daughter and the power of His word over death. People came face to face with the holiness of Jesus and they trembled, they marveled, some didn’t want to have anything to do with Him, some fell at His feet in submission, and some stood in silent awe. 

The cross was necessary, Jesus Christ was crushed by the sheer force and holy fury of the Father, in order that we might know the intensity and fury of the glory and the love of the one true God. 

Posted by Robert Han on 11/14/2016

Comments

With the consistencies of Jesus' healing and display of authority and power, I also noticed inconsistencies with Jesus' words. With the waves, Jesus stood up with authority and commanded the waves. Then, He turned to the disciples and asked them a simple question, "Where is your faith?" I think this revealed that Jesus was the legit Son of God, and this act of calming the waves was the proof to the disciples that He was not lying about who He was.

The story of the demon-possessed man, Jesus heals the man and commands to the demons into the pigs. What I noticed here though was that Jesus talks with the cured man whose heart was open to Jesus' teachings, then Jesus does not allow the man to follow Him. Jesus tells the man to go and "tell how much God has done for you." Sort of like a missionary, the man is commissioned to go out and tell the good news.

The story of sick woman is interesting too. I recently read over old sermon notes and came across a sermon that preached on this story. Jesus broke cultural practices with this encounter. As soon as Jesus felt His power go out, he calls out to the woman to reveal herself after she had gone through everything to go unnoticed. As an "unclean" woman (due to her bleeding), she simply wanted to be healed and go away; however, Jesus forces her to reveal herself. Then, Jesus also calls her, an unclean and sick woman, "Daughter" which was explained in my sermon notes was extremely taboo, again, because of the nature of the woman's illness.

Then, the last story of Jesus literally raising the girl from the dead, Jesus instructs the parents NOT to tell others what had happened. The story tells of the onlookers who were mourning for the girl and how they laughed at Jesus when he stated that she was not dead but sleeping. This showed the lack of faith of these mourners. It almost seems like Jesus identified the non-believers and then allowed those who believed the privilege to witness Him healing their daughter.

Very different scenarios. Similar lessons. Different methods of ministry.

Diana Lim on 11/14/2016 at 9:05 AM