My, Devotion to Him #11
VERSE PASSAGE: Matthew 8:5-8, 13 “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.” – NIV
Overview of a Centurion:
1. Rank is given to the bravest soldier in battle.
2. Centurions were expected to lead by example and display the most remarkable courage on the battlefield.
3. Stands in front of the troops.
4. Commands a minimum of 100 men.
5. Often selected for special missions and chosen to command special units.
6. Veterans could join the war council and have influence.
So, Jesus is in Capernaum. A Centurion comes to Him. A Centurion. This guy is really something. Commanding significant influence over people, situations, and areas. Centurions are leaders and are very well regarded. This was a man of distinction. He came to Christ. He asked Jesus for help, and Jesus wanted to go and help. This man exhibits a vast amount of humility and proclaims he is not worthy of having Jesus step foot in his house. He then reveals a tremendous amount of faith by asserting that all Jesus will have to do in order for healing to come is say the word. He knows his servant will be healed. This man doesn’t know Jesus but is placing faith in Him.
Jesus proclaims He has yet to see this significant amount of faith in all of Israel (verse 10). He tells the man to go, and it’s done as you’ve believed. He made mention of this man’s faith and belief. The man believed that his servant would be made whole by Christ. He had faith that Jesus had the power of healing to the extent that He did not need to be around the servant. He only needed to speak the word, and it would be done (life and death are in the power of the tongue. This Centurion certainly understood power and authority.) This is just remarkable. Jesus loved this. That this man had so much faith in Him that he believed without a shadow of a doubt that Christ was the man for the job. He was the man that could be anywhere and speak words of healing, and it shall be done.
This is the type of faith we need to have in our life! Sometimes we get into a stagnate faith, in which we only have faith at a certain level because that is all that was needed to accomplish the last thing we needed faith for. Jesus says if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains. So, how is it that we only have faith in Him to heal our headaches but not cure our cancer? Or that He could cure someone of cancer but might be too busy to take away our aching pain. He can bless the food but can’t unleash vast amounts of blessing on our life? He can heal the sick of small things but not clear out an entire hospital? When will we have faith in Him to do all impossible things? The Christ you serve died for all sins, even future sins. He rose from the dead on His accord after three days in Hell. He sits at the right hand of the Father now. This is the man, which is Christ. His power is unlimited. He states faith is so powerful that a little tiny piece of faith can move a mountain, and it may be cast into the sea. Think of what can happen with a medium amount of faith? A large chunk of faith? The whole pie of faith?
Be blessed and know God heals yesterday, today, and forever. Remember, Faith is limitless.
Copyright © 2017 by Jacob Olinger
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