Luke 7* The centurion's servant healed. (1-10) The widow's son raised.(11-18) John the Baptist's inquiry concerning Jesus. (19-35)Christ anointed in the house of the Pharisee The parable of thetwo debtors. (36-50)1-10 Servants should study to endear themselves to theirmasters. Masters ought to take particular care of their servantswhen they are sick. We may still, by faithful and ferventprayer, apply to Christ, and ought to do so when sickness is inour families. The building places for religious worship is agood work, and an instance of love to God and his people. OurLord Jesus was pleased with the centurion's faith; and he neverfails to answer the expectations of that faith which honours hispower and love. The cure soon wrought and perfect. 11-18 When the Lord saw the poor widow following her son to thegrave, he had compassion on her. See Christ's power over deathitself. The gospel call to all people, to young peopleparticularly, is, Arise from the dead, and Christ shall give youlight and life. When Christ put life into him, it appeared bythe youth's sitting up. Have we grace from Christ? Let us showit. He began to speak: whenever Christ gives us spiritual life,he opens the lips in prayer and praise. When dead souls areraised to spiritual life, by Divine power going with the gospel,we must glorify God, and look upon it as a gracious visit to hispeople. Let us seek for such an interest in our compassionateSaviour, that we may look forward with joy to the time when theRedeemer's voice shall call forth all that are in their graves.May we be called to the resurrection of life, not to that ofdamnation. 19-35 To his miracles in the kingdom of nature, Christ addsthis in the kingdom of grace, To the poor the gospel ispreached. It clearly pointed out the spiritual nature ofChrist's kingdom, that the messenger he sent before him toprepare his way, did it by preaching repentance and reformationof heart and life. We have here the just blame of those who werenot wrought upon by the ministry of John Baptist or of JesusChrist himself. They made a jest of the methods God took to dothem good. This is the ruin of multitudes; they are not seriousin the concerns of their souls. Let us study to prove ourselveschildren of Wisdom, by attending the instructions of God's word,and adoring those mysteries and glad tidings which infidels andPharisees deride and blaspheme. 36-50 None can truly perceive how precious Christ is, and theglory of the gospel, except the broken-hearted. But while theyfeel they cannot enough express self-abhorrence on account ofsin, and admiration of his mercy, the self-sufficient will bedisgusted, because the gospel encourages such repenting sinners.The Pharisee, instead of rejoicing in the tokens of the woman'srepentance, confined his thoughts to her former bad character.But without free forgiveness none of us can escape the wrath tocome; this our gracious Saviour has purchased with his blood,that he may freely bestow it on every one that believes in him.Christ, by a parable, forced Simon to acknowledge that thegreater sinner this woman had been, the greater love she oughtto show to Him when her sins were pardoned. Learn here, that sinis a debt; and all are sinners, are debtors to Almighty God.Some sinners are greater debtors; but whether our debt be moreor less, it is more than we are able to pay. God is ready toforgive; and his Son having purchased pardon for those whobelieve in him, his gospel promises it to them, and his Spiritseals it to repenting sinners, and gives them the comfort. Letus keep far from the proud spirit of the Pharisee, simplydepending upon and rejoicing in Christ alone, and so be preparedto obey him more zealously, and more strongly to recommend himunto all around us. The more we express our sorrow for sin, andour love to Christ, the clearer evidence we have of theforgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful change does grace makeupon a sinner's heart and life, as well as upon his state beforeGod, by the full remission of all his sins through faith in theLord Jesus!
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