29 May

160529After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;  therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.  For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”  When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health. (Luke 7:1-10, NRSV)

The faith of the centurion is something that is held up from this verse. Because he sends Jewish elders to Jesus to have Him come and heal a slave. Now the slave is a good slave and is valued highly. It isn’t just that the centurion will lose a good slave, but he actually cares for this slave. And when the centurion hears that Jesus is coming to his home he sends friends to Jesus to say, just say that the slave is healed and I know he will be healed. The centurion doesn’t go to Jesus. He is sending others to Jesus.

So is it faith in Jesus, or the fact the centurion knows the orders will be followed?

You see the problem I have with this set of verses is that if I ask for someone to be healed, made well, and they die, does that mean that my faith isn’t good enough? Or I didn’t believe enough?

This centurion had faith in those whom he ordered to do something would do it. He trusted that what was said would be done. He believed Jesus was a healer and could heal his slave.

And we can believe, trust and have that faith as well, and still not get the answer we want. Healing as we want it is not based on faith. Healing as God will do in His will is what will come in answer to prayer, and nothing more. God’s mission and ministry will be done, and this centurion showed trust in Jesus being able to heal, and a trust that was not found in anyone else at the time. And Jesus commended him for that, but that is not why He healed the slave, that was in God’s will.

Have faith in Jesus, that He is the only son of God and He came to help us see how God wants us to live.

Have trust that Jesus is always with us, and walks through our journeys with us.

Believe in all the promises, and hold fast to them. And ask for anything in the name of Jesus and if it is in the will of God it will be done for you.


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