Greater Is He

A Roman Centurion (an officer in the Roman army) demonstrated the depth of Christ’s authority.  This testimony did not come from a Jewish religious leader or from one of Christ’s disciples but from a soldier.  Observe the interaction between  Christ and the Centurion in Matthew 8:5-13,

 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.    6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”  7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?  8 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.”

10 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. 11 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. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 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.

Let’s look back over this exchange and give a bit of analysis:

  1. The Centurion “came to Jesus.” The soldier knew that Christ was the solution; so, he went to Him on behalf of a beloved servant.
  2. The Centurion “asked for help.” He humbled himself under someone who had more authority than himself and asked him for help.  Think about the picture here.  In verse 1 in the same chapter (Matthew 8), the Bible says, “large crowds followed Jesus.”  So, here was a feared Roman officer who had 100 reports under his authority in front of a number of people humbly asking Jesus for help.
  3. The Centurion understood clearly about authority and the One Who had authority. Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal (your servant)?”  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. 

 The Centurion as a soldier understood authority, rank, commands given and commands in detailed followed without argument.  And, he perceived correctly that the spiritual realm operated much like this.  Jesus was shocked at how clearly the Centurion understood.  10 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.

 What was the result of this humble soldier, his faith and the clear understanding of authority?  13 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.

If only we had eyes to see what the Centurion understood.  He knew who had the authority/the rank.  And, he realized that the One with authority could speak and it would be done!

I believe that the majority of Christians feel that we are in a spiritual tug of war.  That is not true.  We have been fooled by the deception of the devil who had his butt kicked at the cross.  All authority is in name of Jesus Christ!  We have to understand this.  This is our identity as followers of Jesus.

John 13 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.

1 John 4:4, Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!  That’s the truth.  Now, believe it and live it!

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