Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Luke 8.40-56 Jesus the Healer

Summary: Whether we are well off like Jairus, or poor like the hemorrhaging woman, we need Christ to heal us. Let's take a closer look at how Christ can heal the "mighty" and the "weak."

1. For a quick review, look back at Luke 8:37. Are people generally welcoming of Jesus for His good works?

2. Can we expect similar treatment for following Christ? How should we handle this? See Matthew 5:13-16.

3. What happens when a "mighty" one (Jairus--a synagogue official) runs into a serious problem? What can we learn from Jairus' example?

4. However, before Jesus can fully address Jairus, He's interrupted by someone of lowly circumstances, the hemorrhaging woman who is unclean and literally broke (see also Mark 5:25+). Does Jesus ignore her?

5. How did the hemorrhaging woman acknowledge Jesus? Where else have we seen this type of approach? Hint: you don't need to look far.

6. Why does Jesus ask, "Who is the one who touched Me?" What resulted from this question? Did it bring public glory to God?

7. Speaking of God's glory, is there something that the Lord has done for you that should be publically acknowledged? How does this relate to Luke 9:26?

8. After Jesus heals this woman, He says, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." First, is it the amount of her faith or the object of her faith that healed her? Second, how did she have real peace? See also Romans 3:17 and 5:1.

9. Now turning back to Jairus, did even death stop Jesus? Think about the profoundness of this. See also the parallels in John 11.

10. Note the humility of Jesus in verse 53. Should we also be willing to accept similar taunting? See II Timothy 3:12.

11. What comfort can Christ and His word bring when we're persecuted? See Hebrews 4:15-16.

12. Note how often Jesus brings peace to a situation (e.g.: Luke 7:50, 8:48, etc.). How does this relate to Matthew 11:29?

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