March 14/Luke 7

Verses 1-10 > I would entitle these ten verses: The Superior Officer. The roman officer acknowledged that Jesus was a superior officer in that he knew sickness had to carry out the orders of Jesus. How did he come to have that kind of faith? I am going to assume at some point he had seen Jesus in action, or had seen someone who had been healed by Jesus, or he had friends that told him what they had seen Jesus do. His faith was built up to the point where he didn’t ask Jesus to come and pray for his servant to be healed he just said come and heal him > verse 3.

Romans 10:17 (NLT) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

We have access to the same Jesus as this Roman officer. He may never have met Jesus in person just like we have never met Jesus in person; however from what he heard he knew Jesus was the answer. Do you see why it is so important for us to listen to what we read in our bibles? Faith in Jesus comes from hearing the truth over and over until we believe it and obey it. The roman officer did what scripture tells us to do > Matthew 7:7 ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open to you.

Too many times we are willing to pray for healing and perhaps not expect it to happen but we did pray so we feel we have done our job. Well the other night I took the elders over to Deneise Synsteliens. I said that instead of going over to pray for her healing lets go over and heal her. That is what Jesus would do. In James it says that the prayer of faith will raise up the one who is sick. So we went over and anointed her will oil, spoke the word of God with healing verses,  and prayed in faith. Then we thanked the Lord for healing her! Again today I thanked the Lord for healing her. I expect at her next doctors appointment when they take her blood they will find no more cancer. I believe Jesus to be Thee Only Superior Officer and cancer has to bow to him just like all sickness bows to him! I believe he wants us to believe this. Will you believe with me?

Verses 11-17 > In this story we have two large crowds converging on one another. We have a crowd following death, the funeral procession, and we have a crowd following life, Jesus. The death crowd was sad, joyless, and hopeless. The life crowd had a spring in their step, a smile on their faces, and the future looked bright. If someone were to look in on your life in the good times and the troubled times which crowd would they say you spend your time in? If you listen to the words that you speak are they words of life or words of death? Jesus is Thee Superior Officer even over death!

Verses 18-23 > When in doubt about who Jesus is: Thee Superior Officer, get back into the scriptures and let them drive that doubt away! In fact just keep reading these verses over and over until you believe them. All Jesus gave John the Baptist was his words. Even John needed to hear the words of Jesus!

Verse 35 > Follow the scriptures, the wisdom of God, and your life will end up right.

Verses 36-50 > This lady got is right > One can never pay too much attention to Jesus! Has he received any of your praise today? Have you taken any time to just think about Jesus today? Have you honored him by living out his word? Will you treat someone special today remembering that Jesus said if you did it to the least of these you did it to me?

Matthew 25:31–46 (NLT) — 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    John needed to be reminded who Jesus was, even when he acknowledged Jesus before he baptized him and heard / saw him acknowledged by the Father after he was baptized. He, as was true also for the pharasees, expected worldly conquest, not a spiritual conquest. Jesus responded with the results of his ministry that confirms the prophecies of Isaiah. Since God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow then we should continue to expect the same results of his ministry.