Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Luke-Great faith

Luke 7:1  Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.  

This was a sea coast town where he had called James and John to follow him.

Luke 7:2  And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
Luke 7:3  And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
Luke 7:4  And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
Luke 7:5  For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

 The Centurion was a Roman soldier of high rank and of an excellent spirit. He loved his servant and wanted Jesus to heal him. He had faith in Jesus, which is the way of personal salvation. He was known for his good works, for he had helped build a synagogue, a meeting place for the Jews to worship. He was of good reputation within the community. It was said that he loved Israel which brought him God's blessings.

Luke 7:6  Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Luke 7:7  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

 Two more character traits of this great man, he was humble and he had faith that Jesus would heal the servant. The Pharisees were not as this man, they were the opposite, proud, judgmental, seeking to use their power to destroy Jesus. This man had faith in Jesus and he was a Gentile, not a Jew.

Luke 7:8  For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Luke 7:9  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

The Centurion knew authority, so many people do not accept authority. He knew that Jesus was greater and that at his word his servant would be healed. This is authority from God. Jesus was impressed. This man had greater faith than any in Israel.

Luke 7:10  And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.  

The servant was healed from afar, because the Centurian had faith in Jesus that he would heal him. That is faith. What is a faithful person? He loves others and cares for them. He does good works, loves God and Israel. He has a good report in his community. He has faith in Jesus and knows authority. He asks Jesus for something and knows that his request will be granted. Jesus is impressed with this kind of faith.    

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