Matt.8:8 – 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.

There were several times that Jesus was stopped in His tracks by faith. I think of the screaming of Bartimaeus, the woman who touched His cloak, and maybe the little boy who gave up his lunch. This time was quite different. This was a gentile. Not just any gentile but a Roman officer in the oppressor’s army. This display of faith grabbed His attention. “You don’t even need to come to my house. Just say the word”. This man got it. He was a man of authority and knew the power of his own words. He spoke and people followed his commands. What he saw about Jesus was amazing. He saw that Jesus had authority over all things including sickness and death. “Just say the word and my servant will be fine”. This is the faith that the Lord was searching for. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes this.

“I also,” said the centurion, “am a man under authority.”….. He took the meaning of the centuri- on’s illustration and He admired it, for indeed it was a grand and beautiful idea to set forth our Lord Jesus as the great Emperor of the universe, to whom all things are under rule, and to whose faintest word each form of force, whether good or evil, is sure to render obedience. He showed that he had rightly estimated Christ and enthroned Him as He should be enthroned in the place of unlimited sovereignty and power. The Master did not, therefore, for a moment, object to anything he said. No, but the prayer had been offered that the servant might be healed and the prayer was granted. The faith had been exercised which believed that Christ could heal, and that faith was honored. Our Lord did exactly as the prayer requested Him. He came when He was asked to come. He stayed when He was asked to stay. He spoke the word when He was requested to speak the word. He healed when He was asked to heal. In all things. He yielded Himself entirely to the centurion’s wish, to show His cheerful readiness in benefiting the suffering boy and in answering his master’s prayer.”

So for us today we can recognize the authority that Christ has in heaven and on earth. Come to Him and look to His word. His authority has been given to us to act in His name. Sickness and disease are still bowing down to Him.

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