Luke 7:1-17

Friday, 27 November 2020

When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”- Luke 7:13

Jesus encountered many people who were desperately in need of His help. In our text today, we see two people in a helpless situation where no one could help them, except the Lord. In both situations, a quick intervention was needed in the lives of their loved ones. And Jesus was present to turn their mourning into joy!

The Two people who stand out in our reading today are:

The Worthy Centurion

The Centurion was a man in command of 100 men in the Roman army, probably Gentile by birth. Yet we see him worthy/commendable by his love towards his servant, his humility in his approach towards the Lord Jesus and his faith in God. The centurion believed in the Living God and honoured His people and their belief- he even built a synagogue for them. Now this centurion was in need of the Lord’s help- his dear servant fell sick and was about to die. Jesus honoured the centurion’s faith and healed his servant.

The Helpless Widow

In the other incident, we see in the woman- a desperate mother and a helpless widow. Her only son had died- maybe the only source of her livelihood. There was now no one for her to depend on. All she could look forward to was someone to show compassion on her. Now here is Jesus, in the face of her desperation- He felt compassion for her and raised her son back to life.