Matthew 8:5–13 (ESV)
The Faith of a Centurion
5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.”
7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 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. 9 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.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such
faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,12 while the sons of
the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”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.
The centurion believes in the power of Jesus. He knows that Jesus does not need to come and lay on
hands… all Jesus has to do is say the word and it will be done. He believes in power and authority. Even Jesus marveled at the faith of the centurion. Jesus heals the servant and says “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.”
Wow, Lord, help me to not question your power or authority.” We often take for granted our baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Maybe we need to rethink our reverence of who Jesus really is and what He has done for us.
I pray: O Lord, grant me full confidence in the power of Your Word. Amen.
E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1594). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.