Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 3
The First Sunday after Trinity
June 19, 2022 

Luke 7:1-10 (NIV) When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 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." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well. 

In this miracle of the healing of a servant of a Gentile, we see God’s concern, love, and Grace for all mankind, not just his chosen people, the descendants of Abraham. 

If Jesus had not come for all mankind, for Gentiles as well as Jews, we Gentiles would likely not be worshiping the true God. We would still be living in paganism and seeking help from who knows what kind of ‘god’. 

Did this Gentile “deserve” to have Jesus heal his son? There is no mention of him asking the “elders of the Jews” to ask Jesus to come because he thought himself as worthy and deserving. This is obviously the kind of thinking of people who rely on “obeying” the Law of God instead of believing and accepting the Gospel of God’s Grace. In fact, the Gentile “did not even consider myself worthy to come to” Jesus himself! 

Not only is this an illustration of the Gospel being given for all mankind, it is an illustration of Grace. No one is “worthy” to have Jesus do anything! But Jesus healed the man’s servant, and even marveled at the faith of this Gentile! Lord, give us such a faith as this!

Prayer

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace that in seeking to keep thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. Amen

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