Luke documents the Roman captain approaching Jesus after he entered Capernaum. In his version, the Roman captain sent his servants to Jesus pleading to heal his prized servant. The other servants pleaded to Jesus and he therefore went with them, as their house was not very far.
When the Roman captain saw Jesus come to his house, he said his house was not worthy to have a great guest like Jesus. He requested Jesus just say the word and his servant would be healed, as he himself was a person of authority.
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”Jesus then went to the village Nain, and at the village gate, he met a funeral procession. A widow's only son was being taken by a large crowd for burial. Jesus saw them and was heartbroken. He touched the bier and said, "Young man, I tell you to get up."
The dead man got up, and began speaking. Everyone who saw this were filled with awe and praised God. The said, "God has come to help His people." This news spread all over Judea and surrounding country.
When John the Baptist's disciples told him about what they saw and heard about Jesus, he told his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
In response, Jesus told them, "Go tell John all the miracles you saw. Anyone who does not stumble on account of me is blessed."
Then he told the crowd about John the Baptist:
Luke 7:28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.There was some sort of competition as to who was better - those baptized by John the Baptist, or those baptized by Jesus. When Jesus heard this, he said, people were acting childish - John the Baptist was too stern for them; Jesus mingled with everyone and hence was a friend of sinners. They found some sort of excuse to criticize each preacher. In the end, nothing pleased the people.
True wisdom is always justified. God's wisdom is demonstrated in the changing lives of those 'prudent and wise.'
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus over to his house for dinner, a sinful woman came to the house with a bottle of very expensive perfume. She sat down at Jesus' feet, at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. She did not care what anyone thought about her. She then used her hair to dry his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. The Pharisee saw this and said to himself, “I wish Jesus knew what kind of woman this is, who is falling all over him.”
Jesus told the parable of two men whose debts were cancelled and made a point that the woman knew her sinful nature, while the Pharisee thought himself to be clothed in righteousness. Jesus then pronounced her saved by her faith and sent her in peace.
Only Luke records the miraculous and compassionate act of Jesus raising the widow's son. Luke also connects the story how John the Baptist hears about it, through his disciples.
This is one of those rare occasions when Jesus is surprised by the captain's faith! Can we surprise Jesus?
Notice how Jesus compares John the Baptist to the least in the Kingdom of God.
Listening to the story of the woman anointing Jesus' feet makes me realize how spiritually bankrupt I am. The Pharisee was a wonderful comparison that Jesus made. The woman repented and put her faith in Jesus. She was assured by Jesus that she was saved. Faith of the woman got her grace. She became a new person!