Jesus is the Hope of the Hopeless

Text: Luke 8:40-56
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: March 22, 2015

As baseball season is upon us a true fan will tell you that there is nothing better than a double-header – two games in the same day for one admission price.

This Sunday we resume our series through the Gospel of Luke as we will enjoy a double-header of miracles.  As Jesus is on his way to help a sick twelve-year-old girl He is interrupted by a woman who has suffered from an embarrassing and debilitating illness for twelve years.  By the time He heals the woman the girl has died, so Jesus raises her from the dead.

These miracles are the last in a sequence of four which began with the calming of the sea which was followed by the casting out of the legion of demons.  Each of these miracles reveals Jesus’ power and control over the forces of evil which He has come to conquer by His work on the cross.  Because of Him we have hope, no matter how hopeless our situation may seem.

One distinguishing feature of these two miracles is that they emphasize that we gain a connection with Jesus’ saving power through faith.

Posted on March 22nd, 2015 | Permalink