In Luke Chapter 8, we see Jesus giving a great foundation for Christianity. With parables like the parable of the sower and a discussion about the kingdom of heaven, you’ll see a lot about what Jesus is preaching.
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 Chapter 8: The Parable Of The Sower
8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Luke Chapter 8; Disciples Response
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others, I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Luke Chapter 8; A Lamp on a Stand
16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”
Luke Chapter 8; Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
19 Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”
21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
Luke Chapter 8; Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Luke Chapter 8; Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time, this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Highest God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.
Luke Chapter 8; Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
Luke 8; The Response Jesus Gives:
50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
51 When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”
53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Luke Chapter 8; Breakdown
This chapter of the Bible has always intrigued me. In Luke Chapter 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 heal 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?
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.
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, 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.John 6:26 The Bible
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.
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 me.
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 Chapter 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 heal, 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, stay focused on Jesus, because he is the way to healing.
Jesus Can Still 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 healing. 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.