Often when I read my Bible, I discover a passage that is just like that beef stew. It is full of meaty truths, chunks of implications, and spiritual nutrition. This week I discovered such a passage in Matthew 8:5-13. The passage is about the Roman centurion who comes to Jesus seeking healing for his sick servant. The first thing I noticed is that both the centurion and his servant are gentiles. Despite his status as a Roman soldier, the centurion has faith in Jesus’ power to heal. Jesus listened to the centurion’s plea and healed
the servant. Two things I gathered from the centurion’s plea. First, people of
all nationalities are able to see the extraordinary power of Jesus. Second,
Jesus cares for all people, no matter the status or nationality.
During the conversation between the centurion and Jesus, I noticed that the centurion understood that Jesus had the power to control nature. He says that as a centurion, he can control 100 men just by issuing an order. Whatever he says is done. The centurion understands that all nature is under Jesus’ control and that Jesus does not have to touch the servant, but merely speak the words to bring about healing. Jesus is amazed at this man’s
faith and heals the servant through His words. Jesus’ actions illustrate His power as God over all things. There is nothing too difficult for Him!
During this conversation, the centurion never demands that Jesus heal the servant. This is unusual for a man who speaks orders every day. He recognizes that Jesus’ power is far above his own, and he comes to Him humbly. This teaches me that I should approach the throne of God with humility,understanding that I am a mere human and not worthy of the great love He bestows.
Last, the centurion, a Roman with power and authority over 100 soldiers, humbles himself and seeks healing for a lowly servant. How much more should we be concerned for our peers who we know are suffering? This passage shows that Jesus listens to our prayers for others and counts it as faith on our parts when we do. The verses teach me that I should be faithful to pray for my family, my Christian brothers and sisters, and all others who stand in the need of God’s help.
What a friend we have in Jesus! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!