The same kind of thing is common today. Never mind consistency, find fault with Christianity on all its sides, and with all its preachers, though you have to contradict yourself in doing so.
When such questions are asked, the Church must be ready, not merely to give proofs of her ancient origin, her orthodox title-deeds drawn from the dusty safes of her theology, but she must be able to say, "Look at my life, my work. See what I am doing for the poor, the destitute, the oppressed, and judge me as you find me."
When the Lord saw the poor widow following her son to the grave, he had compassion on her. See Christ's power over death itself. The gospel call to all people, to young people particularly, is, Arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light and life. When Christ put life into him, it appeared by the youth's sitting up. Have we grace from Christ? Let us show it. He began to speak: whenever Christ gives us spiritual life, he opens the lips in prayer and praise. When dead souls are raised to spiritual life, by Divine power going with the gospel, we must glorify God, and look upon it as a gracious visit to his people. Let us seek for such an interest in our compassionate Saviour, that we may look forward with joy to the time when the Redeemer's voice shall call forth all that are in their graves. May we be called to the resurrection of life, not to that of damnation.
(Excerpt from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary)
He walked up, opened the blanket, and laid his hands on the young man. The ones carrying it stopped and waited to see what he would do.
"Young man," he said out loud, "rise up!" To the amazement of all, he sat up and began to talk. Creator Sets Free then gave him back to his mother.
Her weeping turned to joy as she threw her arms around her son and kept kissing his face.
Great fear and trembling fell on the crowd. They gave honor to the Great Spirit, and said, "A great prophet has been sent to us! The Giver of Breath has come to visit his people!" News about this traveled far and wide throughout the Land of Promise (Judea) and into the surrounding villages and territories.
It is generally assumed that our Lord only raised three persons from the dead - this young man of Nain. the little daughter of Jairus the ruler, and Lazarus of Bethany. But such an assumption is purely arbitrary.
We have before called attention to the vast number of miracles worked by Jesus during the two years and a half of the public ministry not reported by the evangelists at all, or only glanced at in passing. There were, most probably, among these unreported miracles several instances of men, women, and children raised from the dead. St. Augustine, in one of his sermons (98.), specially calls attention to this in his words, "of the numerous persons raised to life by Christ, three only are mentioned as specimens in the Gospels."
He had compassion on her. In this instance, as in so many others, our Lord's miracles were worked, not from a distinct purpose to offer credentials of his mission, but proceeded rather from his intense compassion with and his Divine pity for human sufferings.
(Excerpt from the Pulpit Commentary)
Not long after this, Creator Sets Free (Jesus) and the ones who walked the road with him with him went to Village of Harmony (Nain). A large crowd of people trailed behind him. As he came near the village gate, a man who had crossed over was being carried, wrapped in a blanket, to a burial site. He was the only sone of his mother, a widow. A crowd of people from the village was walking with her. When Creator Sets Free saw her, he felt great compassion and said, "Don't weep. The Great Spirit has seen your tears." (Luke 7:11-13 FNV)
The greatest light may enter into the darkest places. We may find the choicest flowers blooming where we least expected them. Here was a Gentile, a Roman, a soldier — a soldier clothed with absolute power — and yet a tender master, a considerate citizen, a lover of God! The best of pearls have been found in the darkest caves of ocean. Let no man think that because of his position in society he cannot excel in virtue. It is not the place which is to blame, but the man.
When you hear Christians making abject confessions, it is not that they are worse than others, but that they see themselves in clearer light than others; and this centurion's unworthiness was not because he had been more vicious than other men — on the contrary, he had evidently been much more virtuous than the common run of mankind — but because he saw what others did not see, and felt what others had not felt. Deep as was this man's contrition, overwhelming as was his sense of utter worthlessness, he did not doubt for a moment either the power or the willingness of Christ.
His faith was extraordinary. It ought not to be extraordinary. We ought all of us to believe as well in Christ as this soldier did. In his heart he enthroned the Lord Jesus as a Captain over all the forces of the world, as the generalissimo of heaven and earth; as, in fact, the Caesar, the imperial Governor of all the forces of the universe. Here is one point to which I recall you; this man's faith did not for a moment interfere with his thorough personal humiliation. Because Christ was so great, he felt himself to be unworthy either to meet Him or entertain Him.
We speak to distressed minds deeply conscious of their unworthiness. You feel that you cannot repent, but cannot Jesus make thee repent by His Spirit? He whose every act is wonderful, can surely do what He will within this little world of thy soul, since in the great world outside He rules as He pleases. Believe in His power, and ask Him to prove it. He has but to say in a word, and this matter of present distress shall be taken away.
When He saith, "Do" it shall be done, and His name shall be praised. O for more faith and more self-abasement.
(Excerpt from Charles Spurgeon's "The centurion's faith and humility")
They were not far from the house then the head soldier sent some messengers to say to him, "Honored One, I don't want you to bring trouble on yourself by coming into my house. That's why I didn't hink it wise to come to you myself. If you will only speak a word, my servant will be healed. I too am a man under orders and have many soldiers under me. I say to this one 'go' and he goes, and to another 'come' and he comes. My servants do what I say."
Creator Sets Free (Jesus) was amazed at this answer. He turned to the large crowd that was tiwh him and said, " I have never seen such great faith, not even among the tribes of Wrestles With Creator (Israel)."
When the elders returned to the head soldier, they found the servant well.
Luke 7:6-10 FNV
Here "servant" means, literally, slave. The difference is important, as we shall see in the picture presented to us of the centurion's character.
There are several mentions of these Roman military officers in the Gospels and Acts, and in every instance the mention is a favourable one. Still more notable instances occur in the case of Cornelius - to whom Peter was specially sent (Acts 10, 11.) - of the centurion who was on guard at the execution on Calvary, and of the centurion who conveyed Paul to Rome (Acts 27:1-3). On these Gentile soldiers "the faith and life of Judaism (seen, we may well believe, to more advantage in the village life of Galilee than amid the factions of Jerusalem) had made a deep impression: he found a purity, reverence, simplicity, and nobleness of life which he had not found elsewhere, and so he loved the nation, and built a new one of the synagogues of the town" (Dean Plumptre).
The centurion was apparently one of those foreigners who - without submitting to circumcision and other burdensome ceremonial rites which were incompatible with the exercise of his profession - had accepted the faith of Israel, and worshipped with the people in the position of one who, in another age, would have been termed a "proselyte of the gate." He was evidently one of those true-hearted men who translated a beautiful creed into acts, for it was specially urged by the elders, in their petition to Jesus, that he loved the people, no doubt emphasizing his generous almsgivings, and, as a crowning act of his kindness, had built a synagogue Capernaum. Modern travellers tell us that among the ruins of this city of Jesus are the remains of a white marble synagogue of the time of the Herods. This may have been the Roman soldier's noble gift to Israel.
The whole character of this nameless officer seems to have been singularly noble. In those selfish days of undreamed-of luxury, cruelty, and heartlessness, for a master to care for, much less to love, a slave was, comparatively speaking, rare. From his message to Jesus (ver. 7) it would seem as though he had a clearer conception who the poor Galilaean Teacher was than any one else at that period of the public ministry, not excluding the inner circle of disciples.
(Excerpt from the Pulpit Commentary)
When Creator Sets Free (Jesus) was finished speaking to the people, he went to the Village of Comfort (Capernaum).
A head soldier of the People of Iron had a servant he cared deeply about, who was sick and near death. When the head soldier heard about Creator Sets Free, he asked some elders from the tribes of Wrestles With Creator (Israel) to go to him and ask him to heal the servant.
The elders found Creator Sets Free and begged him to help the head soldier. "He is a man of honor who loves our nation and has built a gathering house for us. He is worth helping."
So Creator Sets Free followed them.
Luke 7:1-6 FNV