Luke 8:19 – 39
Today’s reading talks about how Jesus’ mother and brothers came looking for Him and couldn’t reach him because of the crowd and when Jesus was told his mother and brother were looking for him, he told them that his mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.
On a certain day, Jesus and his disciples launched out to cross over to the other side and as they sailed Jesus fell asleep and a windstorm came down filling the boat with water and in fear they cried out to Jesus and Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind and there was calm and he asked them a question “where is your faith?” The disciples marveled at him.
As they sailed to Galilee, Jesus met a certain man who was possessed with demon and as he saw him he cried and fell down before him, Jesus then asked for his name and replied Jesus “Legion meaning many demons”, the demons begged Jesus to send them to enter into the herd of swine and Jesus commanded them and they entered into the herd of swine, when the people saw what happened they fled and told the people in the country and after they confirmed the man’s deliverance out of fear they asked Jesus to leave their Country. The man Jesus had delivered wanted to go with him but, Jesus told him to go back and share his testimony with others.
It is always good when we hear the word of God and act on what we have heard because this can be an inspiration for others. In our church, we usually give people the opportunity to share with members their testimony so that others are encouraged to also talk about their testimony. If Jesus instructed the demon possessed man to go tell others about what God had done for him, it is also expected of us as God’s representatives to tell others about the goodness of God, most especially the gift of our salvation which is the greatest testimony of all.
I will share my personal testimony with others
Reading – Luke 8:19 – 39
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.”
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.”
Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,[a] 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 Most High 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 8:26 Some manuscripts Gadarenes; other manuscripts Gergesenes; also in verse 37