The Centurion’s Faith (7:1-10)
Raising the Widow’s Son (7:11-17)
Jesus and John the Baptist
Anointed by A Sinful Woman
“I am not worthy,” authority,
marveled, great faith, compassion, touched, “I say to you,” glorified God,
things seen and heard, “blessed is he who is not offended because of Me,”
prophet, justified God, wisdom justified by all her children, sinner/sins,
debtors, love, much/little, forgiven, “your faith has saved you.”
1a. See verse 4.
1b. While the elders believed
that the centurion was deserving, the centurion himself did not think that he
was worthy (6).
3. Just as the words of a
superior carries authority, the Lord’s words must also have authority. In other
words, Jesus could surely heal the servant by issuing a command without going
to the centurion’s house.
4. Being Himself the Almighty
God, the Lord Jesus is able to do the impossible just by His word, and the
power of His words goes beyond spatial confines.
5. The grace of God also goes to
Gentiles who have faith in the Lord Jesus.
6. Note the pitiful condition of
the woman and the Lord’s compassionate heart, words, and action.
7. This is the first recorded
miracle in Luke of raising the dead to life. It demonstrates Jesus’ power over
death. It will also serve to bear witness to Jesus (22).
8. See 16-17.
10. John might have expected the
Messiah to bring about immediate judgment (cf. 3:17). In such case, seeing his
own condition in prison and that deliverance was nowhere in sight might have
led to his question about who Jesus really was.
11. The healing and preaching
ministry of Jesus spoke for Him and testified that He was the fulfillment of
the Messianic prophecies.
12. Those who have false expectations
of Christ’s work may be “offended” (also translated as “fall away”) when He
doesn’t meet these expectations. For
example, some may come to Christ only expecting Him to provide material
abundance or physical well-being, and they become disappointed and fall away
when their expectations are not met. Jesus reminded the people that the
evidence had clearly demonstrated that He was the Messiah. Blessed are those
who accept Him based on God’s testimony rather than their own expectations.
13. Recall the work of God in
your life and how He has always been faithful in keeping His promises (just as
John was asked to consider the works of Jesus and restore his faith). With this
renewed conviction in Christ’s love and power, wait patiently for God, who will
carry out His good will in His time.
14. Those who accept the gospel
of Jesus Christ and come into God’s kingdom are more blessed than even the
prophets of the past, for they are able to see and hear what the prophets could
not (cf. Mt 13:16-17; 1Pet 1:10-12). Jesus’ statement, however, does not mean
that John or the other prophets are excluded from God’s kingdom (cf. 13:28).
Rather, it is a reference to the new age ushered in by Jesus’ ministry.
15. The people, even the tax
collectors, “acknowledged that God’s way was right” (NIV). In other words, they
glorified God, having accepted the ministries of John and Jesus. The Pharisees
and lawyers, on the contrary, refused to comply with the messengers of God and
thereby reject the way of God.
16. The men of that generation
did not accept John’s preaching or repentance. Neither did they accept the good
news of the kingdom. Instead, they charged Jesus with gluttony and winebibbing.
Whether it was John’s call to repentance or Jesus’ grace of forgiveness, the
people remained indifferent and unresponsive.
17. The children of wisdom are
those who accept God’s will, such as the people mentioned in 29. Their
acknowledgment of the ministries of John and Jesus is an evidence that John and
Jesus are messengers of God sent to preach the way of wisdom.
18a. Her great love, which came
from a sense of being indebted to the Lord (41-43, 47).
18b. His judgmental attitude
shows that he was self-righteous. He did not think that he needed much
forgiveness, and as a result, he showed little love.
20. Giving Him our best; drawing
close to Him; serving Him with utmost humility.
21. While in 47 Jesus attributed
His great forgiveness to the woman’s love, this does not suggest that she
earned the Lord’s forgiveness with her actions. Rather, it was her faith that
saved her (50). Her love was simply an act of faith in the Lord’s mercy. The
apostle John reminds us, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1Jn 4:19).
Therefore, the sole basis of forgiveness is the Lord’s love, and faith, not actions,
is the means by which we receive this love.
22. Faith means knowing our need
for forgiveness and coming to Christ humbly to receive His mercy, realizing
that we are not worthy of the Lord’s love.