The Initial Reception of the Son of Man, cont’d. Luke 4:31-9:50
Luke 7:1-10 He Heals from a Distance
Luke 7:1-10-Jesus goes to Capernaum. A centurion’s servant is sick and he sends some of the Jewish leaders in his community to request that Jesus heal him. As Jesus is making his way there the centurion sends word to Jesus that it is not necessary for Him to come to his home to heal the man. The centurion says that he understands the nature of authority and he believes that Jesus can give the command from where He is and the servant will be healed. Jesus said, “…not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” When the Jewish leaders arrive back at the village the servant is healed.
Luke 7:11-17 He Raises a Dead Man to Life
Luke 7:11-17-Jesus travels to the city of Nain (located about 10 miles southeast of Nazareth). There, He encounters a funeral procession for the son of a widow. When Jesus saw the woman He felt compassion for her and raised her son from the dead.
Luke 7:18-35 He Encourages John the Baptist
Luke 7:18-23-John the Baptist sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the “Expected One”. At that very moment Jesus was healing the sick and casting out demons. He then replies to their question by quoting Isaiah 61:1, a prophetic passage pointing to the Messiah. He tells them to tell John what they have seen and heard…they saw Him heal and they heard Him reply affirmatively to their question.
Luke 7:24-35-Jesus speaks about John the Baptist and identifies him as the one who would precede the Messiah (Malachi 3:1). John was the greatest prophet of the Old Testament era.
Luke 7:29-30-The sinners accepted John’s message and baptism, but the religious rejected it.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to understand and submit to Your authority as this man did. Give me this kind of faith.