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March 9, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 7 (ESV)

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this,because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”...Continue Reading

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  1. , “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8For I too am a man set under authority, 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.”

    23And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

  2. I found these verses very interesting:

    “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.”
    Jesus verifies the identity of John…and himself obliquely. The people believe God based on their own actions. The Pharisees reject the very will of God for themselves because they did not receive John’s baptism. They don’t see their need to repent and prepare themselves for God, because they do not recognize that all that is occurring is from Him.

  3. Faith of the centurion not to mention his courage

    Did John the Baptist need encouragement, a sign , both, or rather is this a reflection of a strong wise Christian man who while imprisoned had fear doubt or felt sad or pain ?who would do better? Much to ponder

  4. The faith of the centurion is impressive and reveals the very nature of faith: to believe without seeing. Even more impressive is that Jesus sees the uniqueness of it. There may be a slight comparison to his great faith and John struggling with faith. I think John did need encouragement and who wouldn’t. Not in the sense of abandoning faith but for the sake of John confirming his life mission. I came to prepare the way of the Messiah. Is it you? And all the things Jesus points to are things the Hebrew scripture teach the Messiah will do, And what could be a greater compliment than you are the best person ever born? But the kingdom Jesus brings raises those who enter higher than even that.

    But before we get to John in this passage, I was struck by Jesus compassion to this mom who lost her son. Although He has done great things, raising someone who is dead raises Hos power to another level. But not only is Jesus powerful, He is wise and compassionate. He makes a great point in confronting the Pharisees’ hypocrisy. They rejected John and Jesus because of their lack of regard for truth, not because of what John or Jesus did. And then we have HIs compassion for this sinful woman. What a comfort for all of us that Jesus responds to faith and love and not our ability to get it right.

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