Luke 7



Luke 7 reveals Jesus' authority over sickness and death, his compassion toward the marginalized, and the significance of faith in his ministry. The chapter also highlights the diverse responses of people, from the centurion's faith to the Pharisees' skepticism.


  1. Healing the Centurion's Servant (Luke 7:1-10): A centurion sends Jewish elders to Jesus, requesting healing for his paralyzed servant. The centurion expresses humility and faith, believing that Jesus can heal with just a word. Jesus commends the centurion's great faith and heals the servant from a distance.

  2. Raising the Widow's Son at Nain (Luke 7:11-17): Jesus encounters a funeral procession for a widow's only son in the city of Nain. Filled with compassion, he raises the young man from the dead, and fear and amazement spread among the people.

  3. John the Baptist's Inquiry (Luke 7:18-35): John the Baptist, imprisoned by Herod, sends messengers to Jesus to inquire if he is the expected Messiah. Jesus responds by pointing to his miracles and teachings as evidence of his messiahship. Jesus also praises John as a prophet.

  4. Anointing by a Sinful Woman (Luke 7:36-50): Jesus is anointed by a sinful woman while dining at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. This act leads to a parable about forgiveness, illustrating the contrast between the woman's heartfelt repentance and Simon's lack of hospitality.

  5. Forgiving Sins and Healing (Luke 7:48-50): Jesus forgives the sins of a woman who anoints him, sparking criticism from the Pharisees. Jesus affirms her faith and forgives her sins, emphasizing the connection between faith and forgiveness.





1. Anyabwile T. M. (2018). Exalting Jesus in Luke. Holman Reference.