Power, Miracles & Faith

Luke 7:1-8:56

71After he had finished speaking in the hearing of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2A certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and at the point of death. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and save his servant. 4When they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying,


He is worthy for you to do this for him, 5for he loves our nation, and he built our synagogue for us.

6Jesus went with them. When he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him,


Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I am not worthy for you to come under my roof. 7Therefore I didn’t even think myself worthy to come to you; but say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8For I also am a man placed under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

9When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him,


I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.

10Those who were sent, returning to the house, found that the servant who had been sick was well.
11Soon afterwards, he went to a city called Nain. Many of his disciples, along with a great multitude, went with him. 12Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, one who was dead was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Many people of the city were with her. 13When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her,


Don’t cry.

14He came near and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still. He said,


Young man, I tell you, arise!

15He who was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother.
16Fear took hold of all, and they glorified God, saying,


A great prophet has arisen among us!



God has visited his people!

17This report went out concerning him in the whole of Judea, and in all the surrounding region.
18The disciples of John told him about all these things. 19John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying,


Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?

20When the men had come to him, they said,


John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?’

21In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight. 22Jesus answered them,


Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 23Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.

24When John’s messengers had departed, he began to tell the multitudes about John,


What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet. 27This is he of whom it is written,
‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way before you.’*
28For I tell you, among those who are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptizer, yet he who is least in God’s Kingdom is greater than he.

29When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they declared God to be just, having been baptized with John’s baptism. 30But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the counsel of God, not being baptized by him themselves.


31*To what then will I liken the people of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children who sit in the marketplace, and call to one another, saying, ‘We piped to you, and you didn’t dance. We mourned, and you didn’t weep.’ 33For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35Wisdom is justified by all her children.

36One of the Pharisees invited him to eat with him. He entered into the Pharisee’s house, and sat at the table. 37Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself,


This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner.

40Jesus answered him,


Simon, I have something to tell you.

He said,


Teacher, say on.


41A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they couldn’t pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?

43Simon answered,


He, I suppose, to whom he forgave the most.

He said to him,


You have judged correctly.

44Turning to the woman, he said to Simon,


Do you see this woman? I entered into your house, and you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45You gave me no kiss, but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

48He said to her,


Your sins are forgiven.

49Those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves,


Who is this who even forgives sins?

50He said to the woman,


Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.

81Soon afterwards, he went about through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of God’s Kingdom. With him were the twelve, 2and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; 3and Joanna, the wife of Chuzas, Herod’s steward; Susanna; and many others; who served them* from their possessions. 4When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable.


5The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. 6Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. 8Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and produced one hundred times as much fruit.

As he said these things, he called out,


He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

9Then his disciples asked him,


What does this parable mean?

10He said,


To you it is given to know the mysteries of God’s Kingdom, but to the rest in parables; that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’* 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12Those along the road are those who hear, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. 13Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, who believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation. 14That which fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and produces fruit with patience.
16No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a container, or puts it under a bed; but puts it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light. 17For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light. 18Be careful therefore how you hear. For whoever has, to him will be given; and whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that which he thinks he has.

19His mother and brothers came to him, and they could not come near him for the crowd. 20Some people told him,


Your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to see you.

21But he answered them,


My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God, and do it.

22Now on one of those days, he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples, and he said to them,


Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.

So they launched out. 23But as they sailed, he fell asleep. A wind storm came down on the lake, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water. 24They came to him, and awoke him, saying,


Master, master, we are dying!

He awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and it was calm.* 25He said to them,


Where is your faith?

Being afraid they marveled, saying to one another,


Who is this, then, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?

26They arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man out of the city who had demons for a long time met him. He wore no clothes, and didn’t live in a house, but in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said,


What do I have to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torment me!

29For Jesus was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For the unclean spirit had often seized the man. He was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters. Breaking the bands apart, he was driven by the demon into the desert.
30Jesus asked him,


What is your name?

He said,



for many demons had entered into him. 31They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss. 32Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them. 33The demons came out of the man, and entered into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned. 34When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.
35People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36Those who saw it told them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed. 37All the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them, for they were very much afraid. He entered into the boat, and returned. 38But the man from whom the demons had gone out begged him that he might go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,


39Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you.

He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
40When Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and begged him to come into his house, 42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him. 43A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any, 44came behind him, and touched the fringe* of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped. 45Jesus said,


Who touched me?

When all denied it, Peter and those with him said,


Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’

46But Jesus said,


Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me.

47When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48He said to her,


Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.

49While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house came, saying to him,


Your daughter is dead. Don’t trouble the Teacher.

50But Jesus hearing it, answered him,


Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed.

51When he came to the house, he didn’t allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother. 52All were weeping and mourning her, but he said,


Don’t weep. She isn’t dead, but sleeping.

53They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead. 54But he put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, he called, saying,


Child, arise!

55Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat. 56Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.

*Luke 7:27 Malachi 3:1
*Luke 7:31 TR adds “But the Lord said,”
*Luke 8:3 TR reads “him” instead of “them”
*Luke 8:10 Isaiah 6:9
*Luke 8:24 See Psalm 107:29
*Luke 8:44 or, tassel


  • To compare is to associate two or more similar persons, ideas, or situations. Can you discover any comparisons made by the author of this story? Why do you think that the author would have made this comparison?
  • To contrast is to put side by side two or more distinct persons, ideas, or situations. Can you discover any contrasts made by the author of this story? Why do you think that the author would have made this contrast?
  • Take time to note any repeated words or concepts you have found in this story.
  • Please take time to write a short prayer to God responding to what you have discovered through these comparisons, contrasts and repetitions.
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