Authority Over Sickness and Death (Luke 7:1-17)

            Most of us know someone today who is facing a serious illness that threatens their ability to live life to the fullest, or perhaps even to live it at all.  And sadly, many of us also know someone who is grieving the loss of a dearly loved family member who lost the battle.  If you are among that group today then take heart, you are not alone.

            After completing His sermon on the plain, Jesus made his way to two small towns in Galilee where He encountered people facing these exact problems.  In Capernaum, there was a Centurion whose dearly loved servant was gravely ill.  And in Nain, a widow grieved the loss of her only child.  In both situations, Jesus demonstrated great compassion, power and authority to bring healing to those in need.

            Like the Centurion and the widow, we often face major, threatening obstacles outside of our control.  And if we allow them, they will impede us in every way and lead to frustration and disappointment.  And while we may not be able to move or remove those obstacles, we can overcome them and rise above them through faith in a God who heals, made available to us by a Savior who cares and administered to us through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

            If you know someone who is seriously ill or if you know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, then come along on the journey with Jesus as He ventures from Capernaum to Nain administering healing and compassion to those in need.  And like the Centurion, we can learn to approach him boldly with our petitions and wait eagerly and expectantly for Him to answer.

Come see and hear how Jesus exercised His authority over sickness and death in our focal passage this week form Luke 7:1-17.  If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File

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