1 – 5
When Jesus finished saying all these things to the people, He went to Capernaum. In Capernaum there was an army officer. He had a servant who was so sick he was nearly dead. The officer loved the servant very much.
When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him. The officer wanted the leaders to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant. The men went to Jesus and begged Him saying, “This officer is worthy of your help. He loves our people, and he built us a synagogue.”
It is interesting that the Jewish leaders did not follow Jesus but they knew where to go when they needed help.
6 – 7
So Jesus went with the men. He was getting near the officer’s house when the officer sent friends to say, “Lord, you do not need to come into my house. I am not good enough for you to be under my roof. That is why I did not come to You myself. You only need to say the word, and my servant will be healed.
This man knew that Jews are not supposed to come to his house so he was being very thoughtful of Jesus.
8 – 9
I, too, am a man under the authority of other men. And I have soldiers under my command. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes. And I tell another soldier, ‘Come,’ and he comes. And I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and my servant obeys me.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, this is the greatest faith I have seen anywhere, even in Israel.”
Sometimes people who do not know the Lord trust Him in certain ways that we do not!
10. The men who had been sent to Jesus went back to the house. There they found that the servant was healed.
Sickness has to do what Jesus says in the same way that the soldiers had to do what this army officer said!
11 – 16
The next day Jesus went to a town called Nain. His followers and a large crowd were traveling with Him. When He came near the town gate, he saw a funeral. A mother, who was a widow, had lost her only son. A large crowd from the town was with the mother while her son was being carried out.
When the Lord saw her, He felt very sorry for her. Jesus said to her, “Do not cry.” He went up to the coffin and touched it. The men who were carrying it stopped.
Jesus said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!” And the son sat up and began to talk. Then Jesus gave him back to his mother. All the people were amazed. They began praising God. They said, “A great prophet has come to us! God is taking care of His people.”
We see that this woman did not ask Jesus to do this. God is very kind and does many things for us all day long that we did not even think to ask Him about -or even thank Him for!
17 – 19
This news about Jesus spread through all Judea and into all the places around there. John’s followers told him about all these things. He called for two of his followers. He sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the One who is coming, or should we wait for another?”
The demons were telling John that his life and ministry were all for nothing because Jesus was not doing what John thought he would do. We do not walk by what we can see. You have no idea how God has used you and people are watching you. Do not listen to evil thoughts about yourself!!!
20. So the men came to Jesus. They said, “John the Baptist sent us to you with this question: ‘Are you the One who is coming, or should we wait for another?’”
John saw the Spirit of God falling on Jesus in the Jordan River. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah because God had told Him that this would happen to the Messiah. John was in a dark prison. Do not doubt in the dark what God has already shown you in the light.
21 – 22
At that time, Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits. He healed many blind people so that they could see again. Then Jesus said to John’s followers, “Go tell John the things that you saw and heard here. The blind can see.
The crippled can walk. People with a harmful skin disease are healed. The deaf can hear, and the dead are given life. And the Gospel is told to the poor.
John knew that these things were promised to be done by the Messiah. Isaiah 61:1
23. The person who does not lose faith is blessed!”
Jesus told the Pharisees to believe Him because of the things He was doing. The things that God has already done in our lives help us to trust Him for the days that are coming!
24 – 25
When John’s followers left, Jesus began to tell the people about John: “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed blown by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No. People who have fine clothes live in kings’ palaces.
Jesus is showing them that God uses people we would not expect Him to use. They are sometimes in jail instead of where you would think.
26 – 27
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, John is more than a prophet. This was written about John: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you. He will prepare the way for you.’
I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Malachi 3:1
28. I tell you, John is greater than any other man ever born. But even the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than John.”
Anyone who trusts in the death of Jesus and follows him is treated the same in heaven. There are no little people in heaven. We see something greater than he saw but now he knows it also.
29 – 30
When the people heard this, they all agreed that God’s teaching was good. Even the tax collectors agreed. These were people who were already baptized by John. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law refused to accept God’s plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.
Jews do not get baptized. They see baptism as a way for non-Jews to join the Jewish religion. They did not want to be baptized by John which would be showing that they were turning away from evil and beginning a new life.
31 – 32
Then Jesus said, “What shall I say about the people of this time? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group of children calls to the other group and says, ‘We played music for you, but you did not dance. We sang a sad song, but you did not cry.’
Jesus is saying that no matter what He does, the Jews are not happy. This shows us not to waste our time trying to make everybody happy. We do our best not to offend anyone and we leave the rest up to God.
33 – 35
John the Baptist came and did not eat like other people or drink wine. And you say, ‘He has a demon in him.’ The Son of Man came eating like other people and drinking wine. And you say, ‘Look at him! He eats too much and drinks too much wine! He is a friend of the tax collectors and “sinners”!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by the things it does.”
Demons attack people by accusing them of the same things that they do. You will be tested and you will want to show them what they are doing but God will give you wisdom to see what is happening and speak against the demons but do not fight with people.
36 – 39
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee’s house and sat at the table. A sinful woman in the town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. She stood at Jesus’ feet, crying, and began to wash his feet with her tears.
She dried his feet with her hair, kissed them many times and rubbed them with the perfume. The Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this. He thought to himself, “If Jesus were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!”
We need to be careful that we are not looking down on people who are slaves to the devil. Except for God’s grace we would be crawling in the street and a slave to every evil thing. If you do not believe this then be careful what you believe!
40 – 43
Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” Simon said, “Teacher, tell me.” Jesus said, “There were two men. Both men owed money to the same banker. One man owed the banker 500 silver coins. The other man owed the banker 50 silver coins.
The men had no money; so they could not pay what they owed. But the banker told the men that they did not have to pay him. Which one of the two men will love the banker more?” Simon, the Pharisee, answered, “I think it would be the one who owed him the most money.” Jesus said to Simon, “You are right.”
The point here is that we do not see ourselves as so bad. We look at the stupid things we have done as small little sins. The devil says, “Let them stay. I promise that nobody will know about them. Unless you stop listening to me then I will tell everyone about you!”
44 – 46
Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave Me no water for my feet. But she washed My feet with her tears and dried My feet with her hair. You did not kiss Me, but she has been kissing My feet since I came in! You did not rub My head with oil, but she rubbed My feet with perfume.
Simon the Pharisee did not even show respect when Jesus came to his house.
47. I tell you that her many sins are forgiven. This is clear because she showed great love. But the person who has only a little to be forgiven will feel only a little love.”
Which shows God’s mercy, more forgiving, small sins or large sins? A real doctor does not only take care of people who are a little bit sick but he treats those who are very sick also.
48 – 50
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The people sitting at the table began to think to themselves, “Who is this man? How can He forgive sins?”
Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.”
Men of the world have no idea at all as to how they can be forgiven and saved. That is why we have been given the job of telling them!