Monday, October 1, 2018

Who is Jesus? Chapter 31 "Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant and Raises a Widow's Son"

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Who is Jesus? Chapter 31
"Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant and Raises a Widow's Son" 

Today's happenings about Jesus are taken from the Gospel of  Luke chapter 7:

After Jesus had finished a long session of teaching the people, he departed and entered the city of Capernaum Now a High ranking Centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, and the servant was highly thought of and was like one of the family.

When the noble Centurion heard about Jesus, he sent a message to Jesus by way of the elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant.  And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, "This man is worthy to have you do this for him, because he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue."  

So Jesus turned to go with them to the man's home.  Now when he was close by the house, the Centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof.  This is the reason I did not presume to come to you.   I know all you need to do is say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Because I too am a man given authority by my superiors, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it.  By this I know that all you need to do is speak the word and my servant will be healed."

When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." 
And when the messengers returned to the house, they found the servant well.

Soon afterward Jesus, and his disciples and a great crowd following him, traveled to a town called Nain. 

As he came near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out; the only son of his widowed mother, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  Now Jesus knew the widow depended on her son to take care of her, so she was extremely heartbroken because of his passing at such a young age.

And when Jesus saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep."  Then Jesus came up and touched the stretcher and those who were carrying it stood still. And Jesus said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."  And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother alive and well. 

Fear and amazement seized all the crowd that had gathered, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"  And this report about Jesus spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

Paul reminds us in Hebrews 13:7-9 Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives - - imitate their faith.  
Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Be not carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace and truth. 

Might I ask:  "Are you paying attention to the message you are hearing?"

1 comment:

David C Brown said...

Many recognise the Prophet but we have to recognise the Son of God too.