Luke 8* The ministry of Christ. (1-3) The parable of the sower. (4-21)Christ stilleth the tempest and casteth out devils. (22-40) Thedaughter of Jairus restored to life. (41-56)1-3 We are here told what Christ made the constant business ofhis life, it was teaching the gospel. Tidings of the kingdom ofGod are glad tidings, and what Christ came to bring. Certainwomen attended upon him who ministered to him of theirsubstance. It showed the mean condition to which the Saviourhumbled himself, that he needed their kindness, and his greathumility, that he accepted it. Though rich, yet for our sakes hebecame poor. 4-21 There are many very needful and excellent rules andcautions for hearing the word, in the parable of the sower, andthe application of it. Happy are we, and for ever indebted tofree grace, if the same thing that is a parable to others, withwhich they are only amused, is a plain truth to us, by which weare taught and governed. We ought to take heed of the thingsthat will hinder our profiting by the word we hear; to take heedlest we hear carelessly and slightly, lest we entertainprejudices against the word we hear; and to take heed to ourspirits after we have heard the word, lest we lose what we havegained. The gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as weuse them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. Noris it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we shoulddesire to hold forth the word of life, and to shine, givinglight to all around. Great encouragement is given to those whoprove themselves faithful hearers of the word, by being doers ofthe work. Christ owns them as his relations. 22-40 Those that put to sea in a calm, even at Christ's word,must yet prepare for a storm, and for great peril in that storm.There is no relief for souls under a sense of guilt, and fear ofwrath, but to go to Christ, and call him Master, and say, I amundone, if thou dost not help me. When our dangers are over, itbecomes us to take to ourselves the shame of our own fears, andto give Christ the glory of our deliverance. We may learn muchout of this history concerning the world of infernal, malignantspirits, which though not working now exactly in the same way asthen, yet all must at all times carefully guard against. Andthese malignant spirits are very numerous. They have enmity toman and all his comforts. Those under Christ's government aresweetly led with the bands of love; those under the devil'sgovernment are furiously driven. Oh what a comfort it is to thebeliever, that all the powers of darkness are under the controlof the Lord Jesus! It is a miracle of mercy, if those whom Satanpossesses, are not brought to destruction and eternal ruin.Christ will not stay with those who slight him; perhaps he mayno more return to them, while others are waiting for him, andglad to receive him. 41-56 Let us not complain of a crowd, and a throng, and ahurry, as long as we are in the way of our duty, and doing good;but otherwise every wise man will keep himself out of it as muchas he can. And many a poor soul is healed, and helped, and savedby Christ, that is hidden in a crowd, and nobody notices it.This woman came trembling, yet her faith saved her. There may betrembling, where yet there is saving faith. Observe Christ'scomfortable words to Jairus, Fear not, believe only, and thydaughter shall be made whole. No less hard was it not to grievefor the loss of an only child, than not to fear the continuanceof that grief. But in perfect faith there is no fear; the morewe fear, the less we believe. The hand of Christ's grace goeswith the calls of his word, to make them effectual. Christcommanded to give her meat. As babes new born, so those newlyraised from sin, desire spiritual food, that they may growthereby.
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