Women Ministered to Jesus:
(Read Luke 8:1-21)
Jesus’ ministry was very extensive in Galilee. He was accompanied by number of women who ministered to his needs from their resources (8:2-3). They were the first to contribute towards Jesus’ need. The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are the same (Mat 26:29; 16:28; Col 1:13; 2 Tim 4:18). John the Baptist preached that “The kingdom of God is at hand” (Mat 3:2). Jesus said the kingdom of God is in the midst of you” Luke 17:21). It is a spiritual experience today (Mat 13:11; Rom 14:17). The kingdom of God will be fully realized at Christ’s second coming (Rev 11:15). In the parable of the sower, Jesus shows the various responses of people to the gospel. Those who hear the gospel and respond will ultimately prove to be disciples of Jesus. Only a repentant and fertile heart bears fruit (Luke 8:15). The wayside soil is the picture of hardened heart. The rocky ground is the picture of superficial and emotional response to the gospel. The thorny ground is the picture of a double minded man. The true Christian is the one who hold to the gospel with a fertile heart of repentance. The Lord searches the heart and transforms it by the power of the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that he is morally perfect or free from the pollution of sin. There is no secret discipleship. True Christians will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. They grow spiritually and produce spiritual fruit (Gal 5:22-23). They are not professing Christians but the possessing Christians.
Jesus Calms the Storm:
(Read Luke 8:22-56)
By walking on the water, Jesus demonstrated his power over natural elements and proved his deity to his disciples. In the healing of the Demon-possessed man we see Christ’s compassion and power. Once he was causing injury to others. Christ graciously delivered him spiritually, physically and mentally. He was sent home to share what Christ has done for him. Those who know the greatness of Christ will desire to share about him to others. To know more read notes on Matthew 8:23-34. In the raising of Jairus’s daughter and the healing of the women with an incurable hemorrhage, we see Christ’s compassion for those who suffer in this broken world. Also it teaches the importance of faith. Jesus raised the girl from the dead. She got up and walked so no one could doubt this miracle. Like Jairus and the bleeding woman, we should bring our requests to Jesus. He is able and willing to heal us. Suffering does not hinder the ministry but often uses it for the furtherance of the gospel. Pray for those who are suffering and ask God to strengthen you to comfort them. To know more read notes on Mark 5:21-43.