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!