A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, having spent everything she had on doctors, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole … Continue reading Hidden
... a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet [Jesus]. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town... This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them … Continue reading A lesson in demonology
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. … Continue reading Is Jesus the One?
When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Luke 7:13 NLT There is a story about Jesus coming to a village called Nain, in Galilee. There was a funeral procession coming out of the village as he approached, and the man who had died was the only son of … Continue reading Compassion
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” Luke 7:9 NLT Imagine having Jesus say something like that about you. The greatest faith in Israel? Isn’t this the kind of affirmation so many of … Continue reading The affirmation of God
A Roman officer, a poor widow, a spiritual leader, a Pharisee, a prostitute: in one chapter Jesus encounters each of these. It is a broad cross section of society, and it is interesting to see how Jesus reacts to and treats each one of them. Often when I read the New Testament I find myself … Continue reading Encounters: Luke 7
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Luke 6:18 Healing and deliverance Why are people drawn to Jesus? This verse answers that question and in so doing says something about human need. We long to hear Jesus because we need an … Continue reading To hear and be healed
I have been reading the story of the paralysed man whose friends brought him to Jesus (Luke 5:17-26), and how Jesus surprised everyone by forgiving him (usually, it would seem, he simply healed people and sent them on their way). The man hadn’t even asked for forgiveness. Jesus’ words caused a stir. But perhaps not for … Continue reading Which is easier?
Luke 5:12-13 NIVWhile Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am … Continue reading Leprosy and love
Luke 4:38-39 NIV Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Recently … Continue reading Angry about illness