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Marvelous Faith

John Collins03/14/2012In Luke 7, Jesus entered into Capernaum to find the servant of a centurion so sick that he was ready to die.  When the centurion heard of the arrival of Jesus, he sent for Him to come and heal his servant.

The elders of the Jews appealed to Jesus, saying that he was worthy to be saved.  They described how the centurion loved their nation and had built a synagogue for them.  

When Jesus was near to the house, the centurion sent friends to Jesus, saying for Him not to trouble Himself, he was not worthy for Jesus to enter his house.  Yet if Jesus said the word, his servant would be healed.  The centurion made the example of how he himself was set under authority, and the commandments given to his soldiers and servants were executed upon his command.  Jesus is the master of all things.

Jesus marveled at him.  He said that he had not found one with so great faith in all of Israel.  When they returned to the house, they found the servant healed.

The next day, as they were entering into the city of Nain, they found a dead man being carried out.  He was the only son to a widow, and Jesus had great compassion on her.  He told her, "Weep not."  He touched the casket and commanded the dead man to arise.  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and all glorified God.

Afterwards, rumor started spreading throughout Judaea and the surrounding area that Jesus was a prophet of God.  John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus, asking if He was the one that the prophets spoke about.  As an answer, he healed many of their sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to the blind.  Jesus answered, return and tell John what you have just witnessed, how the blind see, the lame walk, lepers and cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the gospel is preached to the poor.

When the messengers of John departed, Jesus began to speak out John to the people, confirming his position as the forerunner of the Christ.  John was not a reed easily shaken with the wind, and not a man called to live in a fancy king's court.

He was a prophet, but Jesus said that he was much more than a prophet.  He was the one described in the scriptures who would be the messenger before Him, and would prepare the way before the Christ.  He said that there was not a man born of a woman that was a greater prophet than John the Baptist.  At the same time, the least in the kingdom of God was greater than him.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we so humble that we would tell Jesus we are not worthy for him to enter our house?  Is our faith in Jesus Christ so strong that He would marvel at us?  Do we place our healing in our own faith, or in the God who is the healer?  Are we a reed easily shaken with the wind?  Do we accept that the "least in the kingdom" is greater than John the Baptist, or do we place our confidence in those who are "puffed up?"

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