After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue.”And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set 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.” When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.
A familiar theme of the power in the spoken Word once again is showcased. The centurion sent two groups to plead his cause for him. Do we see humility? He said I am not worthy to come to you, to ask you to come to me. But for his dying servant he was willing to ask, and willing to have others ask for him. With the humility, do we also see an understanding of the power of the spoken word? This was one “under authority with others under him,” who spoke and expected the command to be executed. He believed Jesus operated under supernatural authority and that when He spoke He expected the Word to accomplish what it was intended to accomplish.
In the beginning, God spoke and it was so and He called it good. When Jesus spoke He expected it to be and to be good. When the centurion spoke he expected the command to be carried out. There would seem to be power in the spoken word on all levels. When we need to access the power of faith, do we have the foundation in the Word, the love of God, the ability to believe what we receive is more than ‘stories’ but is real and available to us?
The people of Israel grew up with this knowledge but lacked the faith, the belief, in the authenticity of the power behind the knowledge. Are we so immune to the ‘stories’ that we too lack the belief that gives faith? Lord help our unbelief… If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves… Will we seek His Word and believe it enough to ask? …and pray… We are told His Word will not return empty but will accomplish what it set out to do. …I will hear from heaven, forgive and heal… Let us say; I believe God.