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As we look at Luke 8:22-25 we are immediately face to face with the humanity of Jesus. Traveling from one side of the lake to the other, He "fell asleep." This is rather Ironic considering the events that follow verify His deity.
As the disciples "launched" and traveled across the lake, they experienced a windstorm. The disciple began to lose control, sensing the danger they became fearful. Their lives were in jeopardy. They were in fear of perishing, as the natural man would manifest itself in any of us in similar circumstance! In fear they decided to wake up Jesus. and present to Him their perception of reality, "Master, Master we are perishing." His reaction is amazing:
First He rebuked the wind, demonstrating His miraculous powers. This is just one of the many events demonstrating His power to validate His claim familial relationship to the Creator.
Secondly, he challenged the disciples: “Where is your faith? This was to them a critical challenge, and one that has validity in our lives.
Join us this Sunday as we explore this profound and ever challenging question, "Where Is Your Faith?" ... See MoreSee Less
Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” Luke 8:18
Jesus talks here about listening. Like those in the crowd, we are often not good listeners today. It seems that Jesus taught often in parables to force those he was speaking to, to really listen. He quoted Isaiah 6:9, and we often interpret that to mean God blocked their eyes and ears so they couldn’t see or hear. But that is not God’s intention, nor was it Jesus’ intention. To me, it is simply a description of what listeners are like. We have short attention spans. We don’t listen carefully.
In Luke 8:1-18 we find Jesus using a parable to describe four kinds of listeners: 1.) Those who look like listeners, but don’t really listen; 2.) Those who listen and seem to get it, but when something more interesting comes along, they forget what they heard; 3.) Those who listen and seem to get it, but the cares and worries of life crowd out what they heard; and 4.) Those who work at listening, who cling to what they hear, and patiently experience transformation.
Join us this Sunday as we seek to become more like the 4th kind of listener, knowing our understanding will lead us to transformation. ... See MoreSee Less