Where Do You Go When Life Seems Hopeless?

This Sunday we’ll be returning to our exploration of the Gospel of Luke, and we’ll be reading Luke 8:40-56.

There is so much jam packed into this story…a critical life and death drama which sandwiches a pitiful tale of wreckage and restoration.  Beyond the spiritual significance of our text, there is no denying that it’s just good story-telling.

This is one of those passages that we will never be able to do justice to in the short time we have to explore it on Sunday mornings…there are so many ways to approach the lessons inherent to it.  We could explore the characters of the drama, consider their faith and the example it leaves us.  We could consider how Jesus is revealed as One with authority over sickness and death, just as he has authority over nature and spiritual evil.

I’ve decided to look at something that may not get talked about as much…and that is, how this story reveals to us that Jesus is a solid basis for finding hope when life seems hopeless.  As you read the text, what reasons can you find for placing your hope in Christ when circumstances seem beyond the reach of hope?  I know that’s not much to go on…but mull it over, and see what comes to mind.

Remember, we still have two services now…9 and 11am.  Hope to see you there!

2 comments

  1. Thoughout this study of Luke I keep hearing those words from Chapter 4:18-19.

    ” The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has annointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives; and recovery of sight to the blind; to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

    Got to say, the Man keeps His word.

    I think on more than one occasion I heard you say, when the waves are high, and their is cold beverages in the cooler, its is easy to say “Praise the Lord”, ,but what do you say when things are going to well. I also remember your story and the story of others of how He found all of you.

    A couple years ago a friend of mine and I were talking about God. I remember thinking and saying, that I believe all people will come to Jesus in the same way. “ON THEIR KNEES”

    It does beg another question-What do you do when you get up off your knees?

  2. Spud touched on it, but the thing that strikes me so much here is her humility. She touched Jesus from behind, probably hoping to go unnoticed and trembled and when he asked for her.

    I guess to me, her humility shows that she had no hope in herself. Maybe that’s the place we have to get to first before we are willing to consider any alternatives. She had spent all her money on the physicians, so that option was over too.

    Yet she had heard about Jesus, and instead of being cynical, she decided to hope, but that had to be a choice. Maybe it can be as simple as that, choosing to trust Him.

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