Jesus often amazed people with His words and actions, but only once does Scripture reveal that Jesus was amazed by the faith of a person. The story is found in Luke 7:1-10. Context is incredibly important to understanding this wonderful story. Prior to going to Capernaum where Jesus met the centurion, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Immediately after that Luke records this miracle.
Below is a list of some horrible evils I heard about in just the last week that illustrate the moral depravity of man. Oh the evil people do to one another. I didn’t list fifty “shades” of depravity but I could have. Unfortunately, illustrations are not hard to find. I am not saying all of these events happened this week but many did. A man was charged with murder after deputies say he stabbed his girlfriend to death and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter. One report said the man murdered the woman in front of her child.
Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and came upon Simon and his fishing partners cleaning their nets. Jesus stepped into Simon’s boat and asked Simon to move the boat a little from land. After teaching the people from the boat, Jesus turned to Simon and said, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4 NKJV).
Cleopas was one of two men who walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first day of the week and the very same day Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:13-35). While Cleopas and his friend were in a deep discussion, Jesus “drew near” to them and asked what they were discussing. The two men stood there “looking sad.”
The incomparable compassion and mercy of Jesus is on loving display at the cross. His power to make good on His compassionate offer of eternal life is revealed in His resurrection. Before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus taught with a compassionate heart. His teaching was motivated by mercy and love. At least 14 times in the gospels we are told Jesus was moved with compassion.