Faith: One Word

 

 

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Luke 7:1-10 Easy-to-Read Version

Jesus Heals an Officer’s Servant

Jesus finished saying all these things to the people. Then he went into Capernaum. In Capernaum there was an army officer. He had a servant who was very sick; he was near death.

 

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The officer loved the servant very much. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some older Jewish leaders to him. He wanted the men to ask Jesus to come and save the life of his servant. The men went to Jesus. They begged Jesus to help the officer. They said, “This officer is worthy to have your help. He loves our people and he built the synagogue for us.”

 

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So Jesus went with them. He was coming near the officer’s house when the officer sent friends to say, “Lord, you don’t need to do anything special for me. I am not good enough for you to come into my house.

 

 

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That is why I did not come to you myself. You need only to give the order, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am a man under the authority of other men. And I have soldiers under my authority. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes. And I tell another soldier, ‘Come,’ and he comes. And I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and my servant obeys me.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. He turned to the people following him and said, “I tell you, this is the most faith I have seen anywhere, even in Israel.”

 

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The group that was sent to Jesus went back to the house. There they found that the servant was healed.

 

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Faith, respect, humility, powerlessness, need, healing, thankfulness, glory and honor, are all major themes in this story of the Centurion and his dying servant.

Jesus marvelled at the amount of faith demonstrated by this Gentile, this military officer, this Roman citizen, who had power to order men to do as he wished, who knew he was powerless over the impending death of his beloved servant.

The Centurion could have easily replaced the dying servant with another, and never given the situation another thought. But the officer was a good man with a good heart; he cared for others. His servant’s life was important to him. He knew of Jesus and of His ministry and miracles. He knew Jesus was a man of authority and power. He knew Jesus’ word was all that was needed to heal his servant.

He asked for no proof; he asked for no special treatment; he knew Jews would consider themselves defiled if they entered the home of a Gentile, he didn’t want to put Jesus in that situation; he also felt unworthy of Jesus’ time and attention; yet he had faith.

The Centurion had faith in Jesus’ power, love, compassion, and mercy.

Jesus recognized the strength of this man’s faith, and was astonished and amazed. He turned to His own followers and pointed out to them how He’d not found this kind of faith in Israel. I can imagine that was not a welcomed comment to those who had been Jesus’ followers. But, point taken.

The Centurion believed; the servant was healed; Jesus’ word was all it took.

Do I have that kind of faith? No, I don’t. I know I’ve prayed for others, prayed for myself, prayed for situations, but I usually pray over and over again like You are deaf, God, and didn’t hear me the first time.

This man, this Centurion only asked once; believed only one word was needed; had faith that Jesus would, not could, but would heal his servant.

I know You have been with me every moment of my life, Lord; I know You know everything about me; I know You know my thoughts, needs, concerns, fears, without my even speaking; yet, I pray as if I’ve been put on hold and You’ll get to me when you can.

What kind of faith is that?

Lord, help me to be a woman of one word, Your Word; help me to believe and have faith that one word, Your Word, is All Powerful, All Mighty, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent.  Amen

 

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