When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” (Luke 8:8)
In reporting what he had researched on the life of Jesus, Luke got in the rhythm of portraying a man who was demonstrating as He was teaching and the demonstration reinforced what was taught.
Luke is writing so that his primary audience can be convinced about what he was told about Jesus. His depicting of key events in the ministry of Jesus is telling.
For example, when he heals the man who was controlled by Legion, Jesus encourages the man to stay where he is and share the good news in his area. When He heals Jairus’ daughter, however, Jesus tells them to keep it quiet.
If Jesus is in it for an ego trip, he would have been better off getting a noted public figure like Jairus to give his backing to a more welcome audience. Jesus finds a lot more interest in those who may not have the kudos and have the sway to exactly be the ones to share the good news. The good news of the Kingdom is evident in a man who was used to be a wild and manic man now in his right mind because of Jesus.
In the midst of it all, Jesus continues to refuse to bow to people’s expectations of Him. He only considers His family to be those who follow Him even if it seems to dismiss those He grew up with. He is in it to encourage people to not just hear the word, but let the word dwell in them richly so that it can produce the fruit of faith. That fruit can see a woman sick for years receive healing.
This is why there’s power in demonstrating what is being taught and teaching on what’s being demonstrated.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden