Jesus challenges us. Jesus wants us to believe. When we do, Jesus is loving, kind and faithful. Jesus wants to heal us. Jesus wants to heal all of us. And … He will.
Good news: God is in an amazing mood. God wants us to be whole and healed. That is His plan. While it may not completely today, we will experience it. Eternal life of wholeness and wellness is a mighty long time. That is the real deal.
When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 8:5–13). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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 the Messiah.
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)
Some questions to consider:
- 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?
Jesus is in control. Jesus has the authority. Jesus is our High Priest, mighty King and our deliverer.
Everything about this man would prevent him from coming to Jesus. He was a professional soldier, and Jesus was a Man of peace. He was a Gentile, and Jesus was a Jew. But this soldier had one thing working for him: he was a man of great faith. This centurion understood that Jesus, like himself, was under authority. All Jesus had to do was speak the word and the disease would obey Him the way a soldier obeyed his officer. It is worth noting that only those who are under authority have the right to exercise authority.
Twice in the Gospels it is recorded that Jesus marveled: here, at the great faith of the Gentile centurion; and in Mark 6:6, at the great unbelief of the Jews. Matthew recorded two “Gentile” miracles: this one, and the healing of the daughter of the Syrophoenician woman. In both cases, the Messiah Jesus was impressed with their great faith. This is an early sign that the Jews would not believe, but the Gentiles would. Also, in both miracles, our Master healed from a distance. This was a reminder of the spiritual position of the Gentiles “afar off”.