Luk 7 outline:
Luk 7:1-10, The servant of a Roman centurion healed / his great faith
Luk 7:11-17, The son of a widow raised from death
Luk 7:18-35, John the Baptist sent to Jesus/ no greater prophet than John
Luk 7:36-50, The woman who was a sinner saved / her great love
Luk 7 chiastic structure:
1a) Luk 7:1-10, The faith of an outsider: centurion’s great faith/ his servant healed;
1b) Luk 7:11-17, Jesus raised the widow’s son: a great prophet has risen among us;
central axis) Luk 7:18-23, Who is Jesus? He is the Coming One, who fulfills what the prophets have spoken of Him;
2b) Luk 7:24-35, There is no greater prophet than John the Baptist, he is the messenger going before YHVH’s face;
2a) Luk 7:36-50, The faith of an outsider: the woman’s great love/ saved by faith.
The people said of Jesus, that a great prophet had arisen among them. But Jesus said, that there was no greater prophet to have arisen, than John the Baptist. Was He saying He was a lesser prophet than John? No – He was saying He was greater than all the prophets: the Coming One, who fulfills the word of all the prophets who have come before Him.
I have heard theologians say that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah of Israel. But I see His blatant claims to be the Messiah of Israel all over His words and deeds. ♥