After Jesus finished presenting all his words among the people, he entered Capernaum.
A centurion had a servant who was very important to him, but the servant was ill and about to die.
When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Jesus to ask him to come and heal his servant.
When they came to Jesus, they earnestly pleaded with Jesus. "He deserves to have you do this for him," they said.
"He loves our people and he built our synagogue for us."
Jesus went with them. He had almost reached the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Jesus, "Lord, don't be bothered. I don't deserve to have you come under my roof.
In fact, I didn't even consider myself worthy to come to you. Just say the word and my servant will be healed.
I'm also a man appointed under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,' and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and the servant does it."
When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, "I tell you, even in Israel I haven't found faith like this."
When the centurion's friends returned to his house, they found the servant restored to health.
A little later Jesus went to a city called Nain. His disciples and a great crowd traveled with him.
As he approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out. He was his mother's only son, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her.
When he saw her, the Lord had compassion for her and said, "Don't cry."
He stepped forward and touched the stretcher on which the dead man was being carried. Those carrying him stood still. Jesus said, "Young man, I say to you, get up."
The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Awestruck, everyone praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people."
This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding region.