This scripture enumerates faith at work in Jesus’ travels. Jesus had just reached Capernaum when a centurion went to meet him. A centurion is a powerful military man with authority. This centurion had a sick servant and needed the help of Jesus in getting him healed. The centurion was aware of his limitations and needed supernatural assistance hence, his approach to Jesus. Jesus was willing to follow him to his home to heal the servant but this centurion who himself is a commander knows the power of giving commands and believed that if Jesus simply spoke the Word, his servant would be healed. Jesus marveled at such great faith, spoke the word and the servant was healed.
Jesus Himself later spoke peace to a tempest wind which threatened those aboard a ship and all was calm.
We need to ensure our life experience enhance rather than limit our belief system. The centurion understood authority and was able to identify with that knowing the command of a superior cannot be disobeyed. How well you know your Lord will determine your faith in Him. Do you believe in the absolute authority of Jesus for total victory? If yes, you will be walking in faith in him. It is time we quit unbelief and catch the revelation of God’s divine ability. Even if you are in the midst of a stormy situation, just speak the Word with authority in Jesus name and there will be peace.
I believe in the Lord Jesus, His authority and that that same authority has been given to me. Whatever I bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever I loose on earth is loosed in heaven.
Reading – Matthew 8:5-27
The Faith of the Centurion
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 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. 9 For 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.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,“Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I 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.12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 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.
Jesus Heals Many
14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”[a]
The Cost of Following Jesus
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Manhas no place to lay his head.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
- Matthew 8:17 Isaiah 53:4 (see Septuagint)
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.