Summary: Luke tells us more about the women in Jesus’ life than any other gospel. Jesus on his way to deliver one daughter is detained by another one. Study the details... Discover your duty.
Luke’s gospel has several unique features. I’d like to point out a couple of these:
First, Luke is the only Gentile writer in the Bible and yet by volume, he contributed more that any other New Testament writer, more even than Paul. We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.
Second, Luke’s gospel tells us more about the women in Jesus’ life than any other gospel. Some have observed that the genealogy of Jesus from David forward is different than that of Matthew, leading some to believe that Luke is recording the genealogy of Mary and Matthew, the genealogy of Joseph. That makes sense and accords with Luke’s interest in the women associated with Jesus. Luke tells details about Elizabeth and Mary that no other gospel tells. Anna in the temple is mentioned along side Simeon. Only Luke tells about the widow of Nain, and the sinful woman coming into Simon the Pharisee’s house. Remember how she is forgiven because she loves Jesus and expresses it to him by washing his feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair, kissing and anointing them? We studied that last week.
Today we come to the next chapter. In chapter 8 we again learn about several women. This chapter begins and ends with examples of women in the life of Christ.
Since we can’t cover it all in the time allotted for our service, we will focus our attention on the end of the chapter as we look at a dying daughter and a woman in the way.
Let’s go to verse 40 and look at the text:
40 And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. 41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to entreat Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.
But as He went, the multitudes were pressing against Him. 43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His cloak; and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.
45 And Jesus said, "Who is the one who touched Me?" And while they were all denying it, Peter said, "Master, the multitudes are crowding and pressing upon You." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me."
47 And when the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."
49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore."
50 But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she shall be made well." 51 And when He had come to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother.