Understand Authority

June 29, 2018

Matthew 8:13… And to the Centurion, Jesus said, “Go, let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the Servant was healed at that very moment.

            I often skip over verses like this one. I have heard a bunch of sermons about believing and receiving. They seem self serving. But, no matter what I think, the verse is in the Bible and I believe the Bible so here goes. Before this statement, Jesus praises the Centurion for his faith. The Centurion compared Jesus’ mission to his own.

Verse 8… “But”, the Centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man 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.”

            He understood the magnitude of Jesus’ authority. He did not have to muster up faith; he believed. And He kind of put Jesus to the test. When Jesus told him He could come to his house and heal the servant, he could have said, “OK, I’ll meet you there.” Instead he said, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.” He didn’t make that up either… He was genuinely humble.

            One thing for certain, this is not a formula. Humans like formulas. We like them to work every time. Formulas give us power. If I know a formula for getting something done, I can work the formula and feel smug about what I accomplished. God doesn’t give us formulas that allow us to walk away from Him. Jesus did not say, “Take a nap… all ye who labor and are heavy laden.”

No… He said “Come unto me and I will give you rest.” Our very life is in Jesus and every answer is in Him. I want to be sure I don’t lead you to believe in a formula for healing. There is no formula. This man’s belief was genuine. His faith was genuine. He did not muster it up for an occasion. With genuine faith, he came to Jesus. Jesus, seeing his faith, said, “Go, let it be done for you as you have believed.”

            He did not hold Jesus responsible to him or to a previous miracle. Jesus could have said, “Not today.” And the man would have accepted that answer.