The healings

Jesus went to Capernaum.  He met a Roman centurion whose slave was ill.  Thus, he sent the Jewish elders to tell Jesus that he was a worthy man, because he had built a synagogue.  However, this Roman centurion said that he was not worthy, but just say the word and he could cure his slave.  He understood how authority worked.  The faith of this centurion meant that the slave became well.

Jesus went to Nain.  A widow’s son had died.  The Lord had compassion for her.  Jesus told the young man to rise up.  Then the dead man spoke.  They called Jesus a great prophet as his fame increased.

The disciples of John the Baptist sent two disciples to Jesus.  They knew that Jesus was curing people.  Jesus told them to tell John what they have seen.  Jesus was not offensive when he spoke about John.  What did you go out to see?  John was more than a prophet.  He was his messenger.  No one is greater than John the Baptist.  Jesus had been baptized by John.  However, the Pharisees and lawyers rejected John.  The people of this generation were like children playing in the marketplace.  John the Baptist was not the Son of Man, but he had wisdom.

Jesus was eating with the Pharisees when a sinning woman with oil came in.  She anointed the feet of Jesus.  The Pharisees thought that Jesus should have known that she was a sinner.  Jesus then had something to say about two debtors.  Both of them had a debt forgiven.  However, one was forgiven more.  Jesus said that she was more concerned about him than they were.  Jesus did not get any kisses or an anointing on his head.  She would be forgiven much, so that her sins are forgiven.  They thought who can forgive sins except God?  Jesus, however, said that her faith had saved her.  Jesus was preaching the good news, but there were some women with Jesus including Mary Magdalene and other women who helped out.

The healings (Lk 4:40-4:40)

“As the sun

Was setting,

All those who had

Any person

Who was sick

With various kinds

Of diseases,

Brought them

To Jesus.

He laid his hands

On each of them.

He cured them.”

 

Δύνοντος δὲ τοῦ ἡλίου ἅπαντες ὅσοι εἶχον ἀσθενοῦντας νόσοις ποικίλαις ἤγαγον αὐτοὺς πρὸς αὐτόν· ὁ δὲ ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ αὐτῶν τὰς χεῖρας ἐπιτιθεὶς ἐθεράπευεν αὐτούς.

 

Luke said that as the sun was setting (Δύνοντος δὲ τοῦ ἡλίου), all those who had any person who was sick with various kinds of diseases (ἅπαντες ὅσοι εἶχον ἀσθενοῦντας νόσοις ποικίλαις) brought them to Jesus. (ἤγαγον αὐτοὺς πρὸς αὐτόν).  This would not have been the Sabbath, because the sun had set on the Sabbath.  Jesus laid his hands on each of them (ὁ δὲ ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ αὐτῶν τὰς χεῖρας ἐπιτιθεὶς) and so he cured them (ἐθεράπευεν αὐτούς).  Luke concentrated on the sick people, emphasized healing.  There are similar generic statements about healing sick and chasing out demons in Mark, chapter 1:32-33, and Matthew, chapter 8:16.  Matthew emphasized the casting out of demons.  Jesus cast out these demons with merely a word.  At the same time, he also healed all the sick people around there, without indicating how this was done.  Apparently, during biblical times, there were a lot of people who were possessed by the devil.  Mark was the only one to mention that the whole city gathered at his door.  Mark said that they brought to him all who had a sickness or were possessed with demons.  Jesus was also a daring faith healer, since many saw the connection between both sickness and demonic evil spirit possession.