SAY THE WORD
Matt. 8:8-9 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too 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 servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
This is an amazing display of faith. Actually, later in this passage, Jesus Himself is said to be amazed at the incredible response of the Roman centurion. Jesus said he had not seen faith like this in all of Israel. He actually used this occasion to prophesy about the Jewish people rejecting Christ and gentiles all over the world flocking to Christ in the days to come.
This passage describes the amazing authority Christ has over sickness and disease. He spoke the word and the centurion’s servant and he was healed. He speaks the word over us today and we are healed. Here is an interesting quote from Vincent’s Word Book.
“I also am a man under authority,” as well as thou. The centurion compares the Lord’s position with his own. Christ had authority over disease. The centurion also was in authority over soldiers. As the centurion had only to say to a soldier “Go!” and he went, so Christ had only to say to disease “Go!” and it would obey him.”
So what activated the word of God in this instance? Jesus said it was the faith displayed by the centurion. What releases the power of the word in our lives? Of course it is the same thing, faith in the word of God. Here are some comments from Gill on this same topic.
“‘But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.’
As the former expression declares his modesty and humility, and the mean apprehensions he had of himself; so this signifies his great faith in Christ, and the persuasion he had of his divine power: he does not say pray, and my servant shall be healed, as looking upon him barely as a man of God, a prophet, one that had great interest in God, and at the throne of grace; but speak, command, order it to be done, and it shall be done, which is ascribing omnipotence to him; such power as was put forth in creation, by the all commanding word of God; “he spake, and it was done, he commanded, and it stood fast”, Ps 33:9 yea, he signifies that if he would but speak a word, the least word whatever; or, as Luke has it, “say in a word”; let but a word come out of thy mouth, and it will be done.”
Could it possibly be that simple? Is it possible that I can just rest in God’s love and His promises? Absolutely. Regardless of what you are facing the solutions are found in the power of God’s word. Say the word Lord, and I shall be made whole.