Luke 8:40-56 – “Do not Fear; only Believe”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 20th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 8:40-56


  • Jesus demonstrates His power and authority
  • Two people… same need (help from a Savior)
  • The good news is for everyone
    • Rich ruler. Anonymous women
  • Real Faith – Come to Jesus
  • Be well – Touched by the Savior

The Woman

Defiled & Destitute / Discouraged, Desperate and Dependent

By faith she touched his garment

  • I believe he can…. If I can only TOUCH HIS GARMENT
  • Immediately and completely healed
  • Who touched me…Power gone out
    • Personal, intimate (Jesus knows)

Jesus asked her to declare her faith publicly

  • He knew who touched Him
  • Declared in the presence of all

Daughter, your faith has made you well; GO IN PEACE

  • Daughter. Adopted into the family of God
  • You treated her as an outcast… I call treat her as one of my children
  • John 1:12. “He gave the right to become children of God”
  • Changed forever!

Jairus and his Daughter

Dignified / Discouraged, Desperate and Dependent

Ruler of the synagogue

  • Directed the service (prayer, reading of Scripture, teaching)
  • Religion is not enough!

Do not fear, only believe, and she will be well

  • Fear – Apprehension. Tendency to run away

Faith and fear always stand in opposition. This means that we have a choice to make: either we can be afraid of all the things that might go wrong, and have gone wrong, or we can trust Jesus to see us through. We face this choice all through life.

Philip Graham Ryken, Luke, ed. Richard D. Phillips, Philip Graham Ryken, and Daniel M. Doriani, vol. 1, Reformed Expository Commentary (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2009), 414.

She is not dead, she is asleep

  • She is dead, but death is temporary!!!!!!
  • John 11:11-14, Acts 7:59-60, 1 Corinthians 15:51, 1 Thess. 4:13-18

He allowed on a few to enter house

  • Disciples and family
  • Personal, intimate (personal relationship)

Taking her by the hand he called, saying, child arise

  • He spoke. She rose
  • The Word, SPOKE
  • Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-3
  • Colossians 1:15-23

John borrowed the use of the term Word not only from the vocabulary of the OT but also from Greek philosophy, in which the term was essentially impersonal, signifying the rational principle of “divine reason,” “mind,” or even “wisdom.” John, however, imbued the term entirely with OT and Christian meaning (e.g., Gen. 1:3 where God’s Word brought the world into being; Pss. 33:6; 107:20; Prov. 8:27 where God’s Word is His powerful self-expression in creation, wisdom, revelation, and salvation) and made it refer to a person (i.e., Jesus Christ).

John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005), Jn 1:1.

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