walking with Jesus : Luke 7 what Jesus wants us to see

we read from Luke 7 what Jesus wants us to see.

~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses (quoted in Parts with highlight added; notes added in boldness)

Jesus says clearly whom He wants to see, including all the disciples: John’s disciples who come to see Jesus on behalf of John; Jesus’ followers who are with Him at the time; and we who are now reading His words. Seeing alone is not sufficient. Jesus says, go and tell what you see.

Jesus also warns of the wrong responses: some see the physical (the seen) part and take offense, because they are jealous of Jesus. They cannot accept that Jesus is God. They too want to be God.

22 Jesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

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Jesus wants His disciples (believers) to see His authority (which is unseen) and obey. In this following episode, a Roman centurion can see but the Jews cannot see. How can one see authority and submit to it? One has to be enlisted (like a good soldier ~2 Timothy 2:3-4).

“But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.[a]

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Jesus wants His disciples to see the power comes from what motivates Jesus, the great love of God, as in the following case of Jesus raising the widow’s son from dead.

13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” 17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

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Jesus wants His disciples to see how the commandment “you shall love your God with all your heart” can be put in practice. God likes and wants us to interact with His love. He has loved us so much that He gave us Jesus. He wants us to respond to His great love.

The following woman is a perfect example.

41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?

47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

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