Tuesday, August 11, 2009

His Servant Was Healed

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6"Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."

7Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."

8The 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. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

13Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Matthew 8:5-13, New International Version

His Servant Was Healed

Why was Jesus so astounded by the faith of the centurion? It does not really seem so amazing does it?

As Jesus was on his way to Capernaum, he was stopped by a Roman centurion, a soldier in charge of 100 men, who asked Jesus to heal his paralyzed servant. Jesus agreed that He would go and heal the servant.

The Roman centurion, however, fell before the Lord and said, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed."

Being a man accustomed to giving orders and having them obeyed, he had so much faith in Jesus that he knew that just a word spoken by Christ would be enough to heal his servant. Compare this to the reaction that Jesus usually received from the religious Jews. They would only come to Christ after they had seen His miraculous healing. But, even then, most of the Jewish people rejected the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yet, here was a man who was not a Jew, but rather a Roman soldier. He was so humbled by God that he did not even feel worthy to have the Lord come into his house, but only asked that a word be spoken on behalf of his servant. What were the results? His servant was healed!

We, as Christians, know many who need the Lord. What kind of faith do we have? Are we willing to put our loved ones in the hands of the Lord, or do we believe that we must assist the Lord by dragging them to Christ? Oh how little faith we have! Our God is willing and able to save our loved ones, no matter who they are and what they have done. Are we willing to faithfully pray day after day for their salvation, knowing that the persistent prayer of a righteous person avails much before the Lord.

Remember the Roman centurion; his servant was healed. Pray, in faith, knowing that our God is able to save even to the uttermost.

God Bless You,

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