In Luke 8, we see Jesus giving a great foundation for Christianity. The chapter has stories like the parable of the sower and there’s a great description of the kingdom of heaven.
In addition to that, we have Jesus calming a storm, casting out demons, and even raising the dead.
There’s a lot to discuss in this chapter. So let’s get into it.
Luke 8 The Women Who Followed Jesus
8 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.
One of the things I love about this chapter is that it describes Jesus going out, and meeting with people where they’re at. One of my issues with cultural Christianity today is that we want people to change, and come to us.
That’s not the way Jesus did things. He went to them, the people were dirty, poor, and hungry. Some of them didn’t even know who he was at first.
Instead, Jesus met them in their time of need and helped them find their source.
4 One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. 6 Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.
7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they look, they won’t really see. When they hear, they won’t understand.
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.
14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. 15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.
This story is important because it’s an allegory to Christians today. Many people believe, but not many people bear fruit. We need to make sure our roots are deep, and we keep ourselves focused on Christ.
We do this by reading our Bibles, praying, and going to a church with people who believe what the Bible teaches.
Otherwise, we run the risk of losing everything, and I don’t want to be disqualified and lose the prize.
Luke 8 The Parable of the Lamp
16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Jesus is making a sobering statement here in Luke 8. Verse 18 especially says that we need to be paying attention, and keep listening. If we don’t bad things are going to probably happen.
As I read this I tie it into the verse where it says, “They shall have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof.” (paraphrased)
We have a lot of people in this world trying to be holier than others. But ultimately if you don’t have the proper gauge. You’re just full of yourselves, and nothing you do will matter?
Luke 8 is stating what the gauge should be, and that’s Jesus. He’s the son of the living God, and he’s the one who came to show us the way. He also came to show us how we should live our lives with others.
Luke 8 The True Family of Jesus
19 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn’t get to him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you.”
21 Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.”
Luke 8 Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”
The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
Luke 8 Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Man
26 So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. 27 As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time, he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town.
28 As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Highest God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon’s power.
30 Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, for he was filled with many demons. 31 The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.
32 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs.
So Jesus gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. 35 People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.
36 Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37 And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.
So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake. 38 The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, 39 “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.
Luke 8 Jesus Heals in Response to Faith
40 On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. 42 His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying.
As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. 43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Luke 8 is a long chapter, but when you’re reading this you can really tell how much Jesus cares for each and every one of us. It also shows that we can get his attention if we are pursuing him with our whole hearts.
49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”
51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” 55 And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were overwhelmed, but Jesus insisted that they not tell anyone what had happened.
Luke 8; Breakdown
This chapter of the Bible has always intrigued me. In Luke 8, Why did the women receive her healing? She somehow snuck up on Jesus like a ninja, touched his robe, and somehow the healing flowed out of him. the Bible can be vague sometimes when it speaks of faith.
Then Jesus asked, Who was it who touched me? When they all denied it, Peter said, Master, the crowds are surrounding you and pressing against you!
-Luke 8:45 Bible
Here we have Jesus, on the way to healing a little girl, and people are crowded all around him. All of a sudden, Jesus stops and says. “Who Touched Me?”
Does that make sense to anybody? Even the disciples say the crowds are all around you. Another translation might say, everyone is touching you, are you joking? Jesus healed her, but I want to know how and why?
Luke 8 Jesus Felt Power Leave Him
If everybody wanted something from God, and they were pressing up against him. How did this woman receive and the others didn’t? That’s the million-dollar question, and it can be answered by the word faith. However, there’s a lot more to it than that.
How many times in your life have you prayed, for something and it didn’t happen? So instead of praying harder, or fasting. You just became angry or depressed about everything.
In this verse and in Mark 5:26 (same story different book). Jesus was traveling to a house. He was asked to heal a 12-year-old girl. Then out of the blue, this woman appeared through the crowd. She said to herself, that all she needed was to touch his robe. She knew if she reached out, she’d be healed. I’d almost say it was a fervent belief, deep in her heart, and it caused the power of Jesus to look her way.
Luke 8 She Was Healed Because Of Her Faith.
I’m not a scholar. I had a pastoral degree once, but that doesn’t mean anything. Furthermore, I think she found healing because of her desperation and faith. When you are desperate for God to do something. It accelerates and grabs the heart of God. It’s like finally breaking through a wall.
The story of this woman is of despair. the Bible said she tried everything and nothing worked. She was using her last option, and Jesus was her only hope. On that day, he came through for her. Whatever circumstance or situation you’re facing, Jesus will come through for you too.
How many times in our lives has Jesus been the last option? Have you cried out to him? Did he answer? I’ve had times that I never received an answer, I’m either still waiting on it, or I didn’t see it.
Things Could Be Worse
Or even worse, you’re praying for something to happen, and you pray for years. Then another person in the church has the same issue. They pray, and all of a sudden God comes through for them. You’re left sitting there, wondering what’s wrong with you.
Let me state right now that nothing is wrong with you. God’s timing is something we can’t understand. I don’t think we could handle that knowledge, but he does love you. When something like this happens, do your best to rejoice with the other person, but still find your time with God. Your answer is always coming closer. Keep your eyes open, it might be something you wouldn’t expect.
Most of the time we freak out it’s because we did something stupid. Only at that point do we turn and cry out to God. We should’ve cried out to him before we made a bad decision. In the Bible the woman was sick, so she went to the source of healing.
We can learn a lot from her in this.
What About The Others? Did They Not Have Faith?
I’ve wondered about this for a while, and finally, I came to some realizations/conclusions, that sound plausible. Regardless if I’m right or wrong, I always love a good theological discussion.
The verse below is from a different story, and I’m unsure if it was before or after the story in Luke, but it has some interesting connotations.
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.
These were people who followed him for a while, and the day before were fed. Jesus multiplied a small amount of food and fed all of them. Sometimes we follow God for selfish reasons, and we don’t even realize it.
The women Jesus healed reached out to him. In her heart, she knew that If she could touch him, she’d find healing. There was desperation in her belief, and that desperation and faith brought her healing.
I think the crowd from above and the people pressing against Jesus, followed him for similar reasons. There was no desperation, and they didn’t have a lot of belief. I’m sure they had needs but for some reason, they didn’t think Jesus would help them. They wanted something to eat and follow someone popularly.
They wanted to be fed, she knew he could heal. It’s a different mindset.
She Found Healing, Because Of Her Faith In Jesus
Maybe the crowds didn’t think about their needs. They probably thought Jesus was too busy to answer them, or they were too small for him to deal with. To me, what’s sad, is people touching him, and not receiving him.
Many people sit in Churches with the same mindset. When a Pastor gives an altar call, instead of going up, they sit down. You have not, because you ask not. Stop worrying about what others think. They have needs too, and maybe they’ll go forward when they see you do it. I’ve been guilty of this in the past.
No need is too small for God. If Jesus cares about the lilies of the field or sparrows in the sky, how much more does he care for you?
They weren’t desperate, and they didn’t know what they had access to. In the Bible, it says Jesus stopped and asked who touched me. He said that he felt power go out of him.
Jesus knew who touched him because he was Jesus, however, I think it startled him. A question you should ask yourself is how can I startle God?
Luke 8; Healing Persistence
Healing comes in different forms, rarely is it ever how we think it should be. It’s cryptic, but ultimately dying is the final form. God will sometimes do an instant healing, and other times it is a progression.
I believe that wasn’t the first time the woman prayed. However, it was the first time she broke through and touched God. Her persistence in prayer and desperation finally paid off. For years she struggled with her disease, and she spent that time trying to become whole.
The Bible says she tried everything, and I get the impression this was her last resort.
Healing Came From Persistence And A Strong Belief
The women’s last resort was to touch Jesus’ robe. She knew Jesus healed people, and if she touched it she could finally be made whole. To do this, she had to get on the ground, fight the pressing crowd, and reach out.
Her faith made her whole, but she had faith for many years. She fought for her healing, agonized over it, and she didn’t lose hope. What would have happened if she hadn’t gone to see Jesus that day?
What if she had given up, and her breakthrough was right around the corner? How many times have you given up when your deliverance was a day away? It’s a sobering thought because you really don’t know. Hold the line, and stay focused on Jesus, because he is the way to healing.
Luke 8 Jesus Can And Will Heal Today
If you’re hurting, in pain, or sick. Don’t stop praying, but keep fighting. the Bible says to pray without ceasing. Find true friends that’ll pray for you, and hold you up in prayer. Likewise when they are hurting pray for them.
In this way, you can strengthen the church, and Jesus can be seen by the world. Focus on him, let your light shine, and let his presence transform you daily.
Your healing could be right around the corner, tear down the walls and let Jesus come in. Let him transform your heart and your life. You might be praying for physical healing, but he wants to heal so much more. Ultimately, he wants to heal your soul.
Don’t give up, keep fighting the good fight. Jesus healed in the past, and he heals in the present. Everyone has their own issues, and I’m constantly fighting mine. Just like you, I await my healing in Christ.
Hey Everyone, thank you so much for reading my blog post about Luke 8. Feel free to comment below if you have anything to add or correct. If you need to pray feel free to shoot a message over as well.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport. While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.