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2017. 2. 11 | The Power to Heal (Luke 7:1~17)         Phil Arndt

1 When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.
3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.
4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,
5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."
6 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.
7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.
8 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."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."
10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.
12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out -- the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
14 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."
17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

 

Reflection

Unexpected Faith (7:1~10)

Throughout the Old Testament, the people of Israel are often portrayed as a faithless people, and it is no different during Jesus’ time. He is therefore amazed to encounter this Roman officer who is full of humble faith. Faith is not something one would expect to find among Gentiles, but this man genuinely believes that Jesus has the power to heal his servant. The work of God is far reaching, so we must never write anyone off as being beyond His salvation. Those whom we think are ready to receive the Gospel are sometimes the most resistant, while those whom we think will never be open to hearing about Jesus are sometimes the most receptive. 

 

- Who in your life do you think is least likely to become a follower of Jesus? Pray that God would work in that person’s life. 

 

Raised to Life (7:11~17)

Jesus goes out of His way to raise a young man from the dead. To understand the significance of this miracle, it is important to note Luke’s description of the mother’s situation. She is a widow, and this dead man is her only son. Without a husband or a son to provide for her, she would have little hope of surviving. By raising her son to life, Jesus shows us His heart for the needy and vulnerable. Jesus cares for and ministers to the brokenhearted; as His body, we are called to do the same. The church must understand God’s compassionate heart and reflect it to the world. 

 

- Is there anyone in your life who is in need of compassion? Take care of their needs and love them as Christ would. 

 

A letter to God 

Father, I am proof that no one is too far from Your grasp. There are many people in my life who need You. Help me to be Your hands, Your feet, and Your voice to those in need. May I live my days as You would. In Your name. Amen. 

 

 

* All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

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