This chapter starts with a miraculous healing. Jesus then teaches us about following him. His invitation is open to all, but those who accept it must be willing to place put Jesus before everyone or everything else and even their very lives.
Let us begin by humbling ourselves before you and accepting the invitation that you give to any and all who are willing to come to you. We need your grace for our salvation and beyond – to live this Christian life from day to day.
Further, we know that discipleship is costly, but we also remember that any price we might have to pay will be worth it in the end. We bring no merit of our own to this commitment. Help us to serve you well and serve you faithfully – to take up our cross, remembering that our lives are not our own but that we belong to you.
Finally, we also remember you as our healer – the one who has all power over all sickness and disease. For those who are sick and for those who are working on their behalf, we pray for your grace and extra amounts of help from you at this time.
In this chapter, Jesus reminds us in various ways of the dangers of false or misguided religion. Specifically, he will point out that a person can be very close to the kingdom of God without getting in.
Luke 8 starts with teaching, but this will be followed by several amazing examples of Christ’s power. Jesus will encourage us to share the word with hope and to trust him when things begin to look hopeless.
In Luke 7, we get several stories that all point to Christ’s divine identity, revealing his power over sin, disease and even death. Response to him will be divided. Some see their need for him while others do not.
When Jesus begins calling disciples he does not call those who believe they are righteous, he calls sinners instead. In this chapter, we will learn a lot about the attitude we need in order to be put right with God.