The God Who Heals Part IV
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 given to the bravest solider in battle.
2. Centurions were expected to lead by example and display the greatest 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. I mean this guy is really something, they have great influence, they are leaders, and are very well regarded. This was a man of statue. He came to Christ. He has asked Jesus for help, Jesus wants to go and help. Though this man displays a vast amount of humility and proclaims he is not worthy to have Jesus step foot in his house. The next thing he does is display a great amount of faith. He proclaims that is Jesus will just say the word, he knows his servant will be healed. Now this man doesn't know Jesus, but is putting faith in Him. Jesus declares He has not seen this great amount of faith in all Israel (verse 10). He tells the man to go and it's done as you've believed. He made mention of this mans faith and belief. This man believed that his servant would be made whole by Christ. He had faith that Jesus had such an amazing healing power 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 is just amazing. Jesus was loving 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 a 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 was 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 we only have faith for Him to heal our headache but not cure our cancer? 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 sins of the future. 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 in 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 casted into the sea. Think of what can happen with a medium piece 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.
1. Life & Death are in words of which the tongue speaks.
2. The Centurion had faith in the healing power of Christ that He could just say the words and healing would take place.
3. Evaluation of our faith is a fair assessment of how much we can believe for.
4. Do not let faith become stagnate
5. When will we believe completely in Christ to do all impossible things.
1. Matthew 8:5-8, 13
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