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Faith

04 Oct

161004When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.”  The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man 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 him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour. (Matthew 8:5-13, NRSV)

Where is your trust?

This Roman centurion had control of many men, and when he told them to do something he knew it would happen. He trusted his men to complete the tasks they were given. He believed that they would follow through on their orders.

And so when he heard of Jesus and his ability to heal, he went to Jesus and asked for his beloved servant to be healed. Now this servant had to be special to the centurion because a servant could be replaced, but this one was cared for, lying paralyzed. This was a burden on the centurion, so this was not an ordinary slave. But the centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant and knew that if Jesus said the healing would happen it would happen.

Do we have that trust in Jesus?

Do we believe that what we have been told by God is true?

Do we have faith that the promises we have received will come to be?

You see all of that is what Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” The word faith in Greek means faith, trust and believe. 1 word for all three concepts to us. 1 word that gives us an understanding of who Jesus is.

Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.

Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such trust.

Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such belief.

Do you have this trust?

This belief?

This faith?

 

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