“Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Luke 8 relates four different kinds of miracles Jesus did. First, he calmed a storm. Jesus knew when he crossed the lake with his disciples that they would encounter stormy winds and waves. So why would he send them out? He wanted to test how strong their faith was. But the disciples woke Jesus to complain. Their faith was still young and inexperienced.
Second, he expelled demons. Though the boat crossed the sea safely, another problem was waiting—a man possessed by many demons. Because the demons made the man so powerful and destructive, no one could help him or even restrain him. But the demons were no match for Jesus. He freed the man of those demons and sent them into a herd of pigs.
Third, Jesus cured a woman who had been ill for 12 years. She believed she could be healed if she just touched Jesus’ cloak, and she was! During his ministry Jesus healed many others—people who were blind, mute, paralyzed, lepers, and more.
Fourth, Jesus raised a dead girl back to life. She had been sick and had died, but Jesus took her by the hand and brought her to life again.
Jesus is Lord over all things. Physical calamity, demonic powers, illness, and even death itself cannot snatch us out of his hand (John 10:28). With Jesus for us, nothing can be against us (Romans 8:31).
Lord Jesus, thank you for always being with us. Help us to have faith that you can overcome any threat to us. In your name we pray. Amen.
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