Part 1

Many of us have either read or heard the scripture Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen… And with this submission; a Roman centurion, who was the embodiment of this scripture is introduced.

Matthew writes…And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,  And saying, “Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.” Unlike Namaan, the centurion did not go to Jesus with a prideful demand because of his position. (2 Kings 5:1-13) No, with all of his military authority, he came to Jesus with a humble request and respect for the power and dominion of God. 

He is not a professed Christian, he does not attend synagogue, is not in the church congregation every Sunday, and he is not a participant in the religious productions around town.  No, he simply loved his servant as a son. And Jesus saith unto him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” 

His faith did not require Jesus come to his house and lay hands on his servant…

His faith did not require Jesus come to his house and lay hands on his servant as oftentimes He did with most healings. He did not need to witness Jesus physically touch his servant to believe he was healed. The centurion just needed a Rhema word from the Most High.

Yes, the scriptures teach us Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Every one of us needs grace all the time and sometimes much more than others. Here he confesses this need by admitting, from his heart, he was not worthy that Jehovah Rophe should come to his house. God will never refuse a humble and contrite spirit; of which we. as children of God, should take serious note. (Psalm 51:17 NKJV) For it is in this place that God’s grace and mercy answer us.

Nevertheless, this next statement touched the throne of grace more than the centurion even knew. By translating his faith into a knowing: …” but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”

He did not need to see the end results to believe God.

He did not need to see the end results to believe God. He believed God before he saw them. That was pure faith. The centurion believed God before he saw the evidence of God’s Word. He did not have to see to believe. All he needed was to hear the word to know. Then gives an example; ”For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.” How pure and simple was his faith. Actually child-like; basic, albeit so powerful. Here our prayer should be “Remember me, O Lord, in Your favor toward Your people; visit me with Your salvation.”(Psalm 106:4) Here the word salvation means deliverance.

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week….Blessings and Peace! 

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