“So what does this mean?” the crowd began to ask.
Here in Luke 7 we have a pair of stories in which Jesus brings people back to life. In the first story, that we heard last week, Jesus healed the Centurion’s slave. The Centurion was a Roman captain, not a Jew, but a leader in the group occupying Israel and oppressing the Jews. The Centurion’s slave was near death, not his son or daughter, or father or mother, his slave. He sent word to Jesus, asking for help, and Jesus was moved by the Centurion’s faith in him. Jesus said, “Such faith he had not seen in all of Israel.” (Luke 7:9)