Jesus challenges me. Jesus wants me to believe. When I do, Jesus is loving, kind and faithful. Jesus wants to heal me. Jesus wants to heal all of us. God is in an amazing mood.
“Oh, no,” said the captain. “I don’t want to put you to all that trouble. Just give the order and my servant will be fine. I’m a man who takes orders and gives orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Taken aback, Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how he works. This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened.”
Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could happen has happened.” At that moment his servant became well. | Matthew 8:5-13 (The Message Bible)
It starts by knowing that Jesus has the authority to heal. The man is a soldier. He knows about authority. He knows about giving commands and what happens when you do. He knows that the command will be obeyed.
Jesus himself was obedient. Jesus did everything His Father wanted him to. His obedience allowed Jesus to have authority.
Obedience” refers to a whole lifestyle arising from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake. Romans 1:5 (NASB)
Do I know that Jesus is in control and has the authority? Is that real in my life? Am I willing to have faith in Jesus?