The Faith of the Centurion
(Matthew 8:5–13; John 4:43–54)
1 When Jesus had concluded His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. 2 There a highly valued servant of a centurion was sick and about to die. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to ask Him to come and heal his servant. 4 They came to Jesus and pleaded with Him earnestly, “This man is worthy to have You grant this, 5 for he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”
6 So Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends with the message: “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not consider myself worthy to come to You. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell one to go, and he goes; and another to come, and he comes. I tell my servant to do something, and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, He marveled at the centurion. Turning to the crowd following Him, He said,
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain. His disciples went with Him, accompanied by a large crowd. 12 As He approached the town gate, He saw a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.
13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said,
16 A sense of awe swept over all of them, and they glorified God. “A great prophet has appeared among us!” they said. “God has visited His people!” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding region.
18 Then John’s disciples informed him about all these things. 19 So John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask the Lord, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?”
20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?’ ”
21 At that very hour Jesus healed many people of their diseases, afflictions, and evil spirits, and He gave sight to many who were blind.
22 So He replied,
Jesus Testifies about John
(Malachi 3:1–5; Matthew 11:7–19)
24 After John’s messengers had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John:
‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You,
who will prepare Your way before You.’ d
28 I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John, yet even the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
29 All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God’s justice. For they had received the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.
‘We played the flute for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not weep.’
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus
(Matthew 26:6–13; Mark 14:3–9; John 12:1–8)
36 Then one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 When a sinful woman from that town learned that Jesus was dining there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. Then she kissed His feet and anointed them with the perfume.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know who this is and what kind of woman is touching Him—for she is a sinner!”
40 But Jesus answered him,
“Tell me, Teacher,” he said.
43 “I suppose the one who was forgiven more,” Simon replied.
44 And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon,
48 Then Jesus said to her,
49 But those at the table began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 And Jesus told the woman,
14 a Literally bier , probably a wooden plank or open coffin
22 b A leper was one afflicted with a skin disease. See Leviticus 13.
23 c Or who is not offended by Me
27 d Malachi 3:1
41 e A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.