Amazed by Grace
This is Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, May 29, 2016. The scripture Luke 7:1-10.
In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
1When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum. 2A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn’t want to lose him. 3When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. 4They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, “He deserves this. 5He loves our people. He even built our meeting place.” 6Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, “Master, you don’t have to go to all this trouble. I’m not that good a person, you know. I’d be embarrassed for you to come to my house, 7even embarrassed to come to you in person. Just give the order and my servant will get well. 8I’m a man under orders; I also give orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works.” 10When the messengers got back home, they found the servant up and well.
Both The Message and New Revised Standard Version can be found here.