After this sermon, word about Jesus really started getting around. people were amazed by his preaching and teaching, and astounded at his healing. Today we hear about a centurion, a Roman soldier, who has heard of Jesus and requests him to come to his house. The soldier has a sick slave, and his is asking for Jesus to heal that slave. There are a couple of interesting things that happen here - first it is the Jews, people who had major problems with the Roman occupation, who intercede on behalf of the soldier and his slave. They tell Jesus what a good guy he is and ask him to come. Second, the soldier never actually meets Jesus. He tells Jesus that he doesn't even have to come all the way to the house, all he has to do is say the word and the slave will be healed. The centurion believes in the power and authority of Jesus.
Jesus then performs another healing, and even more so. He raises a widows son from death. This is significant not only in that he raised him from the dead, but he restored the life of the widow as well. With her only son gone, she had a very bleak outlook for the rest of her life. When Jesus raises him, he empowers the widow as well.
What comes to mind when you think of the healing stories of Jesus?