Luke 7

Luke 7 begins with the story of the centurion who had a valued servant that was near death.  He heard about Jesus and sent a few of his men to seek Jesus’ time to come to his house and heal his servant.  As Jesus walked toward the house, the centurion sent others who brought this message: “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed”.  The centurion understood the power of God through Christ.  He didn’t feel worthy to have Jesus in his presence, so he sends messengers to let Jesus know there was  no need to come physically as he knew Jesus could heal from where He was.

That really says a lot about the centurion and his faith.  Jesus power wasn’t based on where He was, but rather who He was.  The centurion demonstrates the kind of faith we need to have to truly experience Christ’s power in our life as a Christ Follower.  The messengers return back to the centurions house and “when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well”.  The centurion had been right.  It wasn’t where Jesus was that mattered.  It was faith in the power Jesus possessed that set that power free.

A couple of John the Baptist’s disciples were sent by John to check out Jesus and see if He was indeed the Messiah.  They find Him doing miracles among the people and just ask if He is the Christ.  Jesus tells them “the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them”.  Basically Jesus sends them off saying ‘the proof is in the pudding’.  See what I’ve done and tell John that indeed he has found the Savior of the world.  They return with that message and John’s ministry takes a new direction.

The chapter ends with Jesus going to a Pharisees house to eat.  While He is at the table, a woman of ill repute comes and cleans His feet with her tears and anoints his feet with precious ointment.  The host wants to be sure Jesus knows ‘who is touching Him’.  “He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment”.  This woman has not ceased to serve Jesus since she arrived and found Him.

Of course, it is outside the acceptable for the religious leaders.  But Jesus goes further than to just graciously receive the woman’s love and affection.  He says “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little”.  Jesus sees the heart.  He responded to her humility and inner desire to be set free, and Jesus grants her forgiveness.  She didn’t come asking for any more than to be set free from the burden of sin.  That’s what Jesus can do for you and me, if we’ll only confess and repent and seek God’s grace through Him.

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