What Jesus Did! 'Examples from the Outside' — Luke 7:9

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Jesus turned to the people that were following him. Jesus said, "I tell you, this is the most faith I have seen anywhere, even in Israel."
— Luke 7:9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 7:9 NLT — When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Jesus turned to the people that were following him. Jesus said, "I tell you, this is the most faith I have seen anywhere, even in Israel."

Key Thought

Jesus loved to shock those who heard him into listening. He sometimes did this by making outsiders the heroes of stories and his actions. Like the story of the "Good Samaritan" (10:30-37), Zacchaeus (19:1-10), and the widow of Zerephath and Naaman the Syrian (4:24-30), the Roman soldier is the hero in this event, as Jesus turns the attention away from himself. He wants the people to see the importance of faith that trusts in his authority to act redemptively and bring salvation. For those of us who have been Christians awhile, new Christians, especially those who have come from outside our social circle and our range of experience, have much to teach us about the joy of salvation. The freshness of their faith, the new-found joy of knowing Jesus, and the challenges they face of living for Jesus can renew our faith and expand our joy as we try to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Rather than trying to find problems in their new walk with Jesus, let's look for ways they are a positive example for other believers.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for your children who are new in your spiritual family and who display that new and fresh joy of being your child. Please use those who have been Christians longer to encourage these newer Christians in their walk with Jesus and use the newer Christians as a powerful example of faith and trust for those who have been Christians longer than they have. Help each of us to see our deep need to love and appreciate each other. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 7:1-10
  • Luke 19:5-10
  • Luke 4:24-30

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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