June 27, 2021 New Generation Grace Ministry : Topic – The Faith of The Centurion.
New Generation Grace Ministry
Sunday June 27th, 2021
Title: The Faith of The Centurion.
( Matthew 8:5-13) When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”And his servant was healed at that moment.
Jesus mentioned here that in the whole of the Israelites He did not find anyone who had such great faith like the centurion . We are talking about faith in action here. This man came to Jesus, requesting for Jesus to heal his servant. He knew that his authority were limited to people, to the government, he could command people and the nation under him, but the authority of Jesus surpasses every other authority in heaven and the earth. He knew he had no authority to heal sickness, had no authority to cast out demons, but he came to meet the one who has the greatest authority to do all things. He heard about Jesus with all the signs and wonders Jesus had manifested, there and then ,he knew that Jesus carries power with authority.
He came to Jesus with faith, confessing whom he was and did not let pride, his dignity, his firm, distance, time , language, race, or anything you can think of to hinder his movement to Jesus. He humbled himself before Jesus and told Jesus to heal his servant. This is surprising, that he desperately needed divine intervention, this is not his son, but a servant he went extra miles to seek God’s intervention concerning his servant. Most of us today, we have allowed things that are not important in our lives to hinder us from coming to Jesus to seek for deliverance. We have allowed doubt, unbelief, pride time and distance, etc to stop us from coming to Jesus.
The Centurion must have heard about some so called men of God that make miracles, rituals and occultism, he refused to go to them but decided to meet Jesus for the healing of his servant. He didn’t mind the culture or the protocols of the system. Jesus made the people to understand that many religious Jews who should be in the Kingdom would be excluded due to their lack of faith. Due to their kind of religious practices they couldn’t accept Jesus, and His message. We shouldn’t allow our opinionated religious services or beliefs to prevent us from gaining our salvation and deliverance.
If we refuse to center our understanding on the word of God, we are going to miss the point that mater in life. When we don’t want to know the truth about God, and follow the truth, we are the ones losing. Don’t allow your mindset and personal opinion to deprive you from knowing the truth about God. Jesus Christ came for everyone born under the earth, He came for all, not for certain people.
(Romans 10:13) Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. God loves all man that He created equally, no difference. Don’t allow any barriers to come between you and God.
Do not seek help where there is no help. For our prayers to be heard, for the work of God to be made manifest in our lives , we have to reach out to Jesus personally. Do not try to go to Jesus Through any person, He wants you to come closer to Him personally, if you go through another means or person, you cannot find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Make a step of faith today, stand up and look for Jesus, like the Centurion, tell Him to send His word to that sickness that has kept you miserable, to that your long awaiting spouse, to that problem, challenges of this life that has tortured your life. I see Jesus sending His word out and you will experience His peace in Jesus name.
Prayers : Father Thank you because all power belongs to you. You are Almighty, mighty to heal and to deliver. Help me to seek you with all my heart In Jesus name. Send your word to the challenges I have, Lord deliver me from the devices of the enemy in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Matthew 17