7 After he had finished all his sayings in
the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”
6 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. 8 For I too am a man set under authority, with 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.”
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
10 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
11 Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him.
12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
The Holy Spirit is not new, In existence, and - working - in the Gospels. Genesis 1 tells us The Holy Spirit hovers over the waters of God's new earth. The explanation I like regarding the Holy Spirit is this: God the Father has made plans for us all, before we were born. The Son, Jesus, builds the path for those plans with His very Life and Blood, helping the Will of the Father. The Holy Spirit provides encouragement, guidance, wisdom, protection, and the will to strive and run the race of good works and the faith to persevere.
Jesus is traveling in groups in this Scripture. One more intimate, one larger. Jesus displays a nationalism to Israel. Don't we all tend to act this way. We exist in circles, or communities. we add to them, we regulate them, we have faith in these groups, we admonish these groups, we cheer these groups. We tend to them like a parent It is not reasonable to say Jesus did not have groups, communities, Synagogues, areas like Galilee and even Israel.
Like we do, to a certain extent. If we ignore our groups - we say we don't care, we aren't interested, we do not create a ripple in their order. By not commenting: "Surely this is peaceful." And absolutely declares - what we have here, by our silence, is no effect. What the circle says - we are. We do not ask for Kindness, Mercy, Moral Value. We simply exist. Saying this is 'better'.
I went to a funeral once, where the person who had died was praised for being loyal to their group - right or wrong. Mercy is good. Being humble because ALL people sin - is worthy to know. But participating in wrong - is wrong. We need to walk the path and plan God has for us - asking Him to guide, lead, encourage, help, raise, forgive - for the Glory of God. Looking to the Word of God creating the Fire of the Holy Spirit to lead us in our soul and mind for words, prayers and action.
If we exist simply - this is good. However examine what simple really means. If we want to leave a Light Shining - we are going to have to engage in the Gospel proclaiming Fight the Good Fight.
And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices
Then he cried out in a loud voice like the roar of a lion. And when he cried out, the seven thunders sounded their voices.
Remember the Shining Water from His Throne:
…2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array. 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders, The LORD is over many waters. 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic.
What is the Voice of the Holy Spirit telling us, in what we see of the Fruit of the Spirit, about the circles of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
Jesus' people expect Him to want to help. Jesus' people expect Jesus to take action for good reason. Identical to the way we pray.
The Centurion is explained to ... Jesus - the God of Light and Life and Love - what man the Centurion could be expected to be. They are a little confused to not see Jesus as God. The circle the Centurion would improve - the Synagogue for the Nation.
Jesus is traveling the same path. He believes what the Father speaks will happen. He is willing to go to Nain with a huge group. Jesus is building an event of the dead son rising - the foundation of proof that the Nation might be saved. Jesus knows the circle will widen again - God wants to save the world through Jesus.
Like Jabez, we pray to increase our opportunities. We pray the Work of our hands is pleasing to You for blessing. We pray the meditation of our heart and the words of our lips are pleasing to You. We pray even in quiet lives - today is meaningful in Your sight. What we do matters. Our prayers are like the centurion - what we love - leads us in paths that our Jesus Christ in us - Light of mankind - will make Your Glory smile and shine forth, making Your Will on earth like that of Heaven.
With renewed Faith, Hope and Love - we know with certainty and peace - our cares, our heart, our Steve, Paul, Edward, ears, our loved ones, the people you give us - are within Your Hand and Heart.
You are Jesus Christ. The Lord. Our prayers for the neighborhoods, communities, schools, Churches, work places are building up to our prayers for the Nation and then to the world. This is not too large for You, And in You we say the Amen, Lord Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †