Luke 7:6 So Jesus went with them. When Jesus wasn’t far from the house, the officer sent some friends to tell him, “Lord, don’t go to any trouble for me! I am not good enough for you to come into my house. 7 And I am certainly not worthy to come to you. Just say the word, and my servant will get well. 8 I have officers who give orders to me, and I have soldiers who take orders from me. I can say to one of them, ‘Go!’ and he goes. I can say to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes. I can say to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he will do it.”
7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was so surprised that he turned and said to the crowd following him, “In all of Israel I’ve never found anyone with this much faith!”
13 When the Lord saw the woman, he felt sorry for her and said, “Don’t cry!”
14 Jesus went over and touched the stretcher on which the people were carrying the dead boy. They stopped, and Jesus said, “Young man, get up!”
37 When a sinful woman in that town found out that Jesus was there, she bought an expensive bottle of perfume. 38 Then she came and stood behind Jesus. She cried and started washing his feet with her tears and drying them with her hair. The woman kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them.
I love the way Jesus responded to those in need! There wasn’t simply one way to get his attention….he saw their hearts – he knew their motives and because of their faith he responded in love. The army officer had faith that it would simply take Jesus “saying the word” and his servant would be healed. This man had the faith to verbalize his need and Jesus responded by instantaneously healing his servant. The grieving widow had no words….but the expression on her face spoke volumes. Jesus could have easily passed her by….but he reached out to her with words of comfort. There was no need for him to physically touch her son…he simply touched the stretcher and the boy came back to life. Finally came the prostitute…her words were her tears….a heart broken by many years of pain and hardship. This woman who had been marginalized by her friends , family and strangers for many years…came to Jesus on this particular day and she gave all she had. It was her actions….along with her open heart that set her free… 3 incredible examples of faith at work…through words, through silence and sacrificial giving