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A Roman Commander Has Faith
1Jesus finished saying all those things to the people. Then he entered Capernaum.
2There the servant of a Roman commander was sick and about to die. His master thought highly of him. 3The commander heard about Jesus. So he sent some elders of the Jews to him. He told them to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant.
4They came to Jesus and begged him, "This man deserves to have you do this. 5He loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6So Jesus went with them.
When Jesus came near the house, the Roman commander sent friends to him. He told them to say, "Lord, don't trouble yourself. I am not good enough to have you come into my house. 7That is why I did not even think I was fit to come to you. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8I myself am a man who is under authority. And I have soldiers who obey my orders. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes. I tell that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him. He turned to the crowd that was following him. He said, "I tell you, even in Israel I have not found anyone whose faith is so strong."
10Then the men who had been sent to Jesus returned to the house. They found that the servant was healed.
Jesus Raises a Widow's Son From the Dead
11Some time later, Jesus went to a town called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12He approached the town gate. Just then, a dead person was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother. She was a widow. A large crowd from the town was with her.
13When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her. So he said, "Don't cry."
14Then he went up and touched the coffin. Those carrying it stood still.
Jesus said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"
15The dead man sat up and began to talk. Then Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16The people were all filled with wonder and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." 17This news about Jesus spread all through Judea and the whole country.
Jesus and John the Baptist
18John's disciples told him about all these things. So he chose two of them. 19He sent them to the Lord. They were to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?"
20The men came to Jesus. They said, "John the Baptist sent us to ask you, 'Are you the one who was supposed to come? Or should we look for someone else?' "
21At that very time Jesus healed many people. They had illnesses, sicknesses and evil spirits. He also gave sight to many who were blind. 22So Jesus replied to the messengers, "Go back to John. Tell him what you have seen and heard. Blind people receive sight. Disabled people walk. Those who have skin diseases are healed. Deaf people hear. Those who are dead are raised to life. And the good news is preached to those who are poor. 23Blessed are those who do not give up their faith because of me."
24So John's messengers left. Then Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John. He said, "What did you go out into the desert to see? Tall grass waving in the wind? 25If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No. Those who wear fine clothes and have many expensive things are in palaces. 26Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27"He is the one written about in Scripture. It says,
" 'I will send my messenger ahead of you.
He will prepare your way for you.' (Malachi 3:1) 28I tell you, no one more important than John has ever been born. But the least important person in God's kingdom is more important than he is."
29All the people who heard Jesus' words agreed that God's way was right. Even the tax collectors agreed. These people had all been baptized by John. 30But the Pharisees and the authorities on the law did not accept God's purpose for themselves. They had not been baptized by John.
31"What can I compare today's people to?" Jesus asked. "What are they like? 32They are like children sitting in the market place and calling out to each other. They say,
" 'We played a flute for you.
But you didn't dance.
We sang a funeral song.
But you didn't cry.'
33"That is how it has been with John the Baptist. When he came to you, he didn't eat bread or drink wine. And you say, 'He has a demon.' 34But when the Son of Man came, he ate and drank as you do. And you say, 'This fellow is always eating and drinking far too much. He's a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' 35All who follow wisdom prove that wisdom is right."
A Sinful Woman Pours Perfume on Jesus
36One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him. So he went to the Pharisee's house. He took his place at the table.
37There was a woman in that town who had lived a sinful life. She learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So she came with a special sealed jar of perfume. 38She stood behind Jesus and cried at his feet. She began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair. She kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39The Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this. He said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him. He would know what kind of woman she is. She is a sinner!"
40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.
41"Two people owed money to a certain lender. One owed him 500 silver coins. The other owed him 50 silver coins. 42Neither of them had the money to pay him back. So he let them go without paying. Which of them will love him more?"
43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who owed the most money."
"You are right," Jesus said.
44Then he turned toward the woman. He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water to wash my feet. But she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss. But this woman has not stopped kissing my feet since I came in. 46You did not put any olive oil on my head. But she has poured perfume on my feet. 47So I tell you this. Her many sins have been forgiven. She has loved a lot. But the one who has been forgiven little loves only a little."
48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
49The other guests began to talk about this among themselves. They said, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"
50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
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