Friday, April 07, 2017

A Great Faith (Matthew 8:5-13)

Today’s scripture: Matthew 8:5-13

The story is fascinating …

A centurion, a non-Jew, comes to Jesus looking for healing for his servant.

He certainly isn’t the first to seek healing. Many have come to Jesus requesting healing for themselves or for friends.

Some want to see. Others want to hear. Still others want to walk.

Most of those who seek healing are Jesus’ own people, and one would expect Him to take care of them.

But today, here comes a centurion, a leader of the Romans, who wants his servant healed. Jesus offers to come to the centurion’s home.

This is where the story shifts.

“No,” the centurion says, “You don’t have to come. All you have to do is say the word. I know my servant will be healed” (my paraphrase).

Just say the word.

And Jesus is impressed. In fact, he “marvels.” He is amazed.

And then He says these incredible words: “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.”

Not such great faith.

Isn’t that what you want? Great faith? Faith that trusts in Jesus’ power and strength? It takes knowing Him. And trusting Him. And asking Him for what you need.

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