Many amazed Jesus by their lack of faith, but only one amazed him by his extraordinary faith. He was a Gentile and an officer in the Roman army.
This centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant who was suffering greatly with paralysis. When Jesus asked him if he should come and heal him, the soldier replied. “Lord, I do not deserve for you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I am also a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one‘ Come,’ and he comes.” [Matthew 8:7-9]
Jesus’ response: “…he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. .” [Matthew 8:10]
Here is how this man showed extraordinary faith
- He had no doubts: —“my servant will be healed.” .He was convinced Jesus had the power and authority to do what he asked of him.
- No barrier of distance to his faith. ”I do not deserve for you come under my roof. What did he mean? Jesus, you have such great power and authority, you can do it from here or anywhere you choose.
- He knew the power of the Word: —“just say the word.” He recognized Jesus’ power was not in what he did, but simply in the word of his command.
- He grasped the chain of command: — ”I am also a man under authority”, As the centurion was a link in the Roman chain of command, he saw Jesus’ link in Heaven’s chain of command.
- He saw the source of Jesus’s power was like his own It rested on his connection to the head of the Roman empire. He recognized Jesus’ power and authority came from his connection to God, the head of the universe.
- He showed humility by admitting he had no power within himself.
What does this mean for us?
- We are included in Heaven’s chain of command. Jesus called his disciples to him and gave them authority. [Luke 9:1) For the Son of man is like a man who takes a far journey… and gave authority to his servants [Mark 13:34]
- We can pray with confidence and authority, trusting not in our selves, but in our connection to Christ. “Without me you can do nothing…If ye remain in me and my words remain in you can ask for anything and it will be given. [John 15: 5, 7]
- By declaring and repeating God’s Word when we pray, “thus says the Lord.”
- By our humility in serving and obedience to him, we may lay claim to and exercise our authority in Christ.
- Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus… He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—Therefore God exalted him [Philippians 2: 5,6]
- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. [1 Peter 5:6}
- “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” [Matthew 20:25,26]