Sunday, August 03, 2008

Simply Jesus - Simple Trust

Luke 7 & 8

People come to Jesus for all sorts of reasons. Many only call on God in utter desperation, they call on God as a final throw of the dice. They have tried everything else nothing has worked so lets try Jesus.

On the face of it it looks like what this Roman captain was doing. But there is more going on here. His son was at deaths door and his dad would do anything for him. His son was his prized possession (v 2) he would do anything not to loose him.

This captain was obviously a good guy even the Jewish leaders talked to Jesus on his behalf. But they guy didn't quite see it that way. In the face of Jesus he saw himself as a bad man and was too embarrassed to have Jesus in his house or even to go to him in person. He sent a message to ask Jesus just to say the word and his son would be made well.

Jesus says something remarkable:

(v9)“I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.”

This Guy, a Roman, understood the ways of God even when God's own people didn't get it.

People that should have known better had obviously forgotten how to simply trust God.

Note to self.

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