Reading: Matthew 8:5-13
This is probably my favourite story of faith. The centurion asking Jesus to heal his servant, and saying ‘Oh, you don’t even have to come and see him—just say the word!’ What faith! What big, big faith!
The centurion relayed an analogy by telling how he, an authority, was able to command submission and compliance from his subordinates. Therefore, it should be the same with Jesus. But he acknowledged that where he, the centurion had power over his soldiers, Jesus had power and authority over sickness and diseases, over spirits of oppression and suffering—that He had a power greater to command those in the supernatural realm.
Jesus, allowing himself to be limited by earthly time and space was amazed and said, “… I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith” (v.10). And followed it with a statement that I looove so much:
“… 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” (v.11).
What a wonderful, wonderful promise! That you and I are welcome to partake in that heavenly feast!
Lord, may I be like the centurion who cared for the welfare of the people under his authority. May I be like him who did not doubt your power, but believed that You can do much, much greater than we can imagine.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:29