Jesus sent the Disciples to tell people about God’s Kingdom and to heal the sick. Consider them Interns sent out to learn how to do what they had been taught. God sends us out too, to proclaim the Good News. We may not have the power to heal the sick, but we can point people to Jesus who wants to take away, heal them of their sin, guilt and shame. Where will God send you today?
Faith calls for action. Before Jesus got to the house, Jairus daughter died. When the news came, Jesus told Jairus not to be afraid but to believe. When they got to the house, Jesus told the mourners to step crying. Then He told the girl to get up, and she did. Faith can be active because God is active. When God tells us to do something, its a good idea to do it.
Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter. That took faith. The woman in the crowd who reached out to touch Jesus’s robe acted in faith. The woman was cured and told to go in peace. Jairus had to wait. It was a test of his faith. Sometimes we get an immediate answer from God to our prayers. Sometimes we have to wait. God always answers at the right time and in the right way. He always tells us to have faith.
The formerly demon possessed man wanted to go with Jesus. But Jesus told him to stay and tell everyone what Jesus had done for him. His life had been changed for the Good by Christ. His new purpose was to tell people about Jesus. That is our mission too since we are surrounded by people who do not know about, care about or believe in Jesus.
When the people heard and saw what had happened, they were afraid. They didn’t know what to do, so they asked Jesus to leave. God’s holy presence leads some to fear, others to faith. God can judge or forgive. Jesus judged the demons but gave life to the man the demons had possessed. When we have faith in Jesus, we don’t need to be afraid of God, but we should respect and honor the Holy God who loves us.
The demons that possessed the man were out of control. They could not be contained until Jesus came. Then they couldn’t do anything other than what Jesus commanded. They begged to be allowed to enter a herd of pigs. This is further proof that Jesus was in Gentiles territory since the Jews didn’t raise pigs or eat pork. When Jesus gave permission, the demons left the man and possessed the pigs, running them into the water. Jesus has the power and authority to take control when life is out of control.
Luke tells us that Jesus deliberately went to a gentile city by boat. Contact with Gentiles could potentially make a Jew ritually unclean according to the ritualistic laws of the day. Jesus went there anyway. After landing Jesus meets a demon possessed man, certainly someone who was unclean and to be avoided. But Jesus did not avoid him. Jesus shows His love for this man and for all people. We need to do the same because Jesus wants to touch them with His love, too.
Jesus was with the Disciples on the boat when the storm came up. The Disciples became so afraid that they woke Jesus. After He calmed the storm, Jesus asked “Where is your faith?” Jesus is with us when we face storms in our lives. He can help us face any storms that come our way. Do we try to deal with everything by ourselves or do we trust Jesus? Where is your faith?
Jesus grew up in a family. His mother was Mary. He had half brothers with James being one of them. His half sister’s names are not recorded. Joseph, Mary’s husband, has dropped out of the picture by this time. It is assumed that Joseph died before Jesus began His three years of ministry. The crowd around Jesus was so big his family couldn’t reach Him. Jesus loved His family. But He said He has a bigger family, a faith family. We have the opportunity to be part of that family if we hear, believe and follow Jesus in faith.
Who or what we listen to makes a big difference in our lives. Are you paying attention to Jesus’s Words, or ignoring them? Do you let negative voices set the agenda for you life, the ones that reject God? If we only listen to the critical negative voices we could miss out on God’s voice completely. The more we listen to Jesus, the better our understanding.