If you don’t know, I am opening this year with what many ended last year wirh – reading through the book of Luke. One week in so Chapter 7 here we come.
This chapter opens up as a continuation of 6. You do know when the Bible was originally written there were no chapter or verse markings, right? That came much later in ‘modern’ times when printed copies became available in the 16th century and needed a way of communicating where one was reading.
Reading this chapter makes me want to get out a map and see where Capernaum (1), Nain (11), and Judea as well as the surrounding countries (17) are as the word spread about Jesus and these were places He stopped and performed miracles.
The first story of this chapter I just love (1-10).
A centurion sends word to Jesus for Him to just say the word knowing if He does, his servant would be healed. And that is exactly what happens. Jesus says: “I tell you, I have not found such great faith in all of Israel.”
The centurion didn’t need to physically go to Christ as he trusted in His authority because of his job (8).
He didn’t want Jesus to come to his house because he felt he was undeserving (6).
He also didn’t feel worthy to come to Christ (7), but knew Jesus could heal.
Have you ever felt undeserving or unworthy? We all have fallen short of the glory of God. The centurion recognized this yet knew Christ was the answer to his problem and believed the healing would come. We need to have more of that kind of faith in our lives.
Something else to consider a friend observed was that the servant was not just a servant to the Centurion. The Centurion was not asking Jesus to heal him, not his wife, not his child, or his mother. Nope – his unselfish act of love from one human being who cared for his servant’s well-being. I say you go care for others too and take to heart the verse that says: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2.3
The next story (11-27) is another faith builder as Jesus brings the only son of a widow back to life. What stood out was how the Lord had compassion on her: “When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.” 13
I also loved how the crowd was filled with awe and praised God and said: “God has come to help His people.” 16
Another detail not to overlook is Jesus spoke and the servant was healed and this miracle He just touched the bier (coffin) (14). My take a way: We can’t put God in a box or expect prayers to be answered in the same ways.
The next section is about John the Baptist (18-35). I thought it was odd that John sent some of his helpers to ask Jesus if He was the one they should expect (19). They observed many miracles and Jesus told them to go back and report what they saw to John. (21-23)
Wouldn’t John have already known these things since his mom and Mary were related and knew they both were born for a Godly purpose?
Did John send his disciples to build their faith?
How often do we think about the fact that each of us is born with a Godly purpose? It is our responsibility to seek it and live it out.
I love that again Jesus knew what the Pharisees were thinking and talking about in regards to the sinful woman with the alabaster box so He tells a parable and ends with telling her her sins are forgiven (48) but He further qualifies this by saying: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 50
May I be found with such faith and peace. May the miraculous stories in this chapter fill my heart with trust. May you see it too and…