14th January 2020

A Faith That Amazed Jesus

“…the centurion sent friends to him, saying to Him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having 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.’ When Jesus heard these things, He marvelled at him, and turned around and said to the crowed that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’”
Luke 7:6-9 (NKJV)

In the Scripture above we have read the wonderful true account of how a mere mortal man caused the Son of God to marvel. When you stop to think about it, this is amazing that Jesus would marvel at anything any human being would do. What could any of us do that would amaze the one who made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, drove out demons, cleansed the lepers and raised the dead?

The word ‘marvel’ means wonder or amazement. This Centurion was no ordinary man. He was a commander of 100 men, a man of power who commanded respect and obedience. Yet, he believed in and sought the help of Jesus. He cared about his servant, who was ‘dear to him’ (verse 2). The one the Centurion cared about was not his superior, but a servant (or a slave) that another man might cast away to die if their slave became sick and was unable to carry out his duties, but not this Roman soldier – he cared.

The hunble Centurion viewed himself as unworthy before the Lord (verses 6-7). He let God and others esteem him and not himself and it was others who said he was worthy (verse 4). The relationship between Jews and Gentiles was generally not good. In fact, they hated each other as enemies. But, notice in verses 3-5, that it was the Jews who went on the mission for this Gentile Centurion. They said that he was worthy (verse 4), and told that he (the Centurion) loved the nation of the Jews so much that he built for them a synagogue. The concern this man had for his servant and the Jews was not ordinary.

We too must learn to care about others. We must treat others as we would have them treat us. Matthew 7:12 (NLT) says “Do for others what you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Our faith must grow and increase. We are encouraged in 2 Thessalonians 1:3 “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.” When our faith grows it becomes great, as Jesus said to the Centurion. What would the Lord say about our faith? Would he say I have seen so little faith, or would he say I have not seen so great faith?

Prayer
Almighty God, we thank you for the example of faith shown by the Centurion. We pray that as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our faith will also grow. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
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LONDON
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Saturday 2:30pm

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Barry Robinson
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