Archive for June 17th, 2010

Luke 7

Luke 7 covers the story of the centurion’s servant being healed by faith.  Luke adds a few interesting points – that the “elders of the Jews” came to Jesus and told Him that “he is worthy…he loves our nation….and he is the one who built our synagogue”.  Obviously the centurion was a big player in his day.  But the key to the healing was not his status.  Jesus says he has never “found such faith” anywhere.  It was faith, not status that caused Jesus to act.  Luke then records Jesus coming into Nain and seeing a dead man being carried out.  “He had compassion…..came up….and said ‘young man, I say to you arise’”.  So we see Jesus healing because of faith, and another healing based on compassion.  Jesus pays attention to the details going on and makes a difference.  The reaction of the crowd: “Fear seized them all, and they glorified God”.  It is quite a contrast at the same time.  This is a healthy fear – they recognized the power of God and while having a healthy fear – they glorify God.  We need to learn that balance in our lives and relationship with the Father. 

Jesus also lets folks know about John.  Disciples of John come to him and ask if He is the one “who is to come”.  They had heard what was happening and John wanted to know if Jesus was the Messiah.  Jesus tells them to go and tell John “the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the good news preached to them”.  A pretty strong resume to say the least.  Jesus then talks to the crowd about John.  The religious leaders were already accusing John of being strange, and Jesus as being associated with the wrong crowd.  Judgment was being made based on who both were associating with and not on what they were doing.  Jesus gets a bit irritated.  He says “for John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wind and you say he has a demon.  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking and you say look at Him!  A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners”.  There was no pleasing these religious leaders – they were focused on themselves and wanted no part of any outsider taking part of the attention they wanted on themselves.  Many will miss the Savior because they have this disease – they will be so self centered and focused on self that they will miss Jesus in their lives.  They will be filled with self and miss the need for a Savior.  It is a disease of mankind that has existed for many years and plagues us yet today.  Jesus is the only way to help us be free from self.  We all need Him!

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