Luke 8:22-56

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read    Luke 8: 22-56

Commentary.

In this section, Luke answered the question, “Who is this?”(v25) in three power stories of Jesus. Jesus was the messiah who healed a desperate state of life with divine, supernatural power.  The word “master” occurs in two of the stories (v 24, 45).

Master over storm (22-25) —- The point in this story was not how hostile the storm was, but Jesus, the master of nature was in the boat. “Where is your faith?” was an awakening question that Jesus asked disciples and us today. Jesus is the master over nature.

Master over Demons (26-39) — “demon-possessed,” (27), “evil spirit (v29) are used to express life condition in uncleanness. Region” means “mob.” The man was so demon-possessed that he was no longer had any individual identity, lost his name, lost his individuality. The story of Jesus’ power to exorcise demons demonstrated his power and elicited faith. This story speaks a word of assurance and hope to those for whom every day is a battle with depression, fear, anxiety, or compulsive behavior. Jesus is the master over unclean spirit that battles against us.

Master over sickness and death (40-56) —- On the way to Jairus’ house, Jesus was distracted by a women suffered from bleeding for twelve years. “Who touched me?” was not a personal confrontation with the woman that was seeking to shame or embarrass her but to recognize her faith and to offer her his blessing. Jesus’ words, “She is not dead but asleep,” (v52) were not a description of her physical condition but a prediction of her return to life. Luke understood that what Jesus did for Jairus’ daughter was a picture of the hope for all believers. Luke delivered the message that Jesus was the master over death.

The Jesus’ healing stories in this section reveals that Jesus is the master who is bringing healing, cleansing, life, and wholeness to the person in need.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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