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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 8 Message Outlines

Luke 8:26-39 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 6 Study # 3
May 10, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Knowing who Jesus is does not automatically lead to "restfulness".

Introduction:It is fairly apparent from the text before us that Luke wanted to set the ignorance of the disciples in contrast with the knowledge of the demons. The storm at sea raised the reality that the disciples had been "coasting" in their consideration of Jesus and the implications of His identity to their lives. This, though pretty much normal for human beings, is an oddity, given the nature of the promise which He made to us: Eternal "Life". It would seem to be logical for a person interested in the promise of eternal "Life" to be fundamentally interested in knowing the particulars of meaning for the concept, "Life". But, so far in our record, the disciples were otherwise mentally engaged.

On the other hand, Luke's deliberate adjustment of the record to put the knowledge of the demons at the top of the issues of interest tells us that he wanted Theophilus to know that the demons knew the identity of Jesus.

But, it is also fairly apparent that neither the ignorant, nor the knowing, were being profited by their condition. And the reason was the same on both sides of the divide: fear. The disciples were terrified of "perishing" and the demons were terrified of "being tormented". So, does this mean that the identity of Jesus is not the big deal I made it in my message last week? Well, it certainly can mean that, but it does not have to mean that if ... . There is a very critical detail in the record that unveils what the missing ingredient is, and today we want to consider what that detail is.


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