Jesus Heals Centurion's Servant & the Widow of Nain's Son

Penny White posted:

Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant, Luke 7:1-10

Widow of Nain's Son, Luke 7:11-17

Looking for hands-on activities for both - wholesome, creative, and such.  Thanks!

 

Hi Penny,

What strikes me MOST is that the two stories come one right after the other, and then what comes IMMEDIATELY after them. Apart from their particular details and interesting differences, together they are intended to leave the reader with their mouth and eyes wide open.  Jesus can heal with a word and a touch. 

But to me, the real lesson, apart from the power and compassion of Jesus that they demonstrate, comes in the verses which come AFTER these two back-to-back stories in Luke, namely, verses 18 and 19:  "ARE YOU THE ONE?"

What's interesting, is that Jesus' speech there points out the inability of miracles to convince anyone. He had just raised a boy from the dead!  And yet, even John the Baptist has to send disciples to ask if Jesus is "the one" !!     Jesus answers in the affirmative but then "calls out" the "people of this generation" who reject both him and John (like children ridiculing in the street), even though both were obviously sent from God.   --Which is to say, most people aren't convinced by miracles. Miracles are signs to those who can read them, but which most people ignore. Why do people ignore the signs?  Probably because they know that if "God is real, and here," that they will have to take God seriously, and start making changes in their life.  --And people don't like doing that. They'd rather pretend Jesus and his signs are not for real.

I went through this exegesis because that's how I'm often led to creative ideas. And in this case, it led me to the idea of SIGNS. What signs could kids make to bring people's attention to the reality of Jesus all around them? What "captions" could be put with all the common signs we see around us every day, i.e. "repurpose" them to point us to Jesus, and how we are to serve him...

signs

"Stop look and listen"
"Cross" walk
"Slow down"
"Extra-mile marker"
Fuel ahead
Bumpy road ahead....fasten you faith-belt. 
etc

You can print "sign blanks" from the internet.

Hope this inspires some creative thoughts for you.

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Yes!  Jesus was grieved that His own nation should require signs - outward signs - of His Messiahship.  How he must have grieved at their disbelief.  How He must have marveled at the faith of the Centurion who came to Him because he never questioned the power of Jesus, to come in person to perform the miracle but to speak the word only.  The centurion obviously had heard reports of Jesus and his heart and mind were touched and he wanted something more in his life.  The centurion was following the signs of what he had heard about Jesus!

The Centurion felt unworthy - others felt he should be able to get help from Jesus because this soldier loved the nation and had built a synagogue.  That leads to me believe that Jesus was sending a strong, clear message that all are sinners and all may come to Christ!  I love this verse - "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."  Titus 3:5  This brings in the serious dangers of a works mentality versus MERCY.

 

Satan tells us we are sinners and cannot receive the blessing of Christ.  We have nothing to commend ourselves to God but His redeeming power overpowers our helpless condition.  Love it, love it!

The signs idea has potential and thanks for sharing it!

 

 

 

The Widow of Nain - so Jesus traveled about 20 miles from Capernaum with His disciples and others.   Still it appears they thought Jesus was needing to be crowned king of Israel.  Bumping into the funeral procession was no accident knowing Jesus.

That mother needed her only son - she had lost her husband and had no other to lean on.  Jesus had compassion even though He knew what He was about to do!  And no one was asking for a miracle - all expected to bury this young son.  but the voice of Jesus pierced the ears of the dead!  And Jesus reunite him with his mother.

Imagine the fear that must have fallen on everyone!  But then they all  "glorified God saying That a great prophet is risen among us and that God has visited His people.!  There is the SIGN - and this sign went throughout all Judea.  So this shows how the raising of the dead can only be done by Jesus through His power, that His voice pierces through death, that He holds the keys!!!  Love it, love it!  It is the SIGN that Satan cannot hold the dead in his grasp when the Son of God wants them to live!

The idea of the signs will be powerful more than we even realize for in today's society few seem to recognize the signs and their meaning.

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny, I'm thrilled that my "sign" ideas have helped. I would say that Jesus was not upset about giving signs, but by the people's dullness in reading and believing them!  Though you and I come from different traditions and points of view, we are both clay pots. 

I do believe He was frustrated that people asked for signs in order to believe in Him..it had happened before and Scripture quotes Him asking why they needed sign. Yes the people were dull of mind and at time closed in their minds. Just love seeing Bible texts that show us the way.  So glad we all believe in the Bible and walk as Jesus walked as we grow in Him!   Have a sweet day!

 

 

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