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July 29, 2020, 9:38 AM

Unexpected Faith

Matthew 8:5-13 And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me and I say to this one, 'Go!' and he goes, and to another,'Come!' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this!' and he does it." Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, "Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the  table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And Jesus said to the centurion, "Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed that very moment.

When I read fictional books, I will often begin the book by reading the last chapter.  I like to begin with the end so that I see how the writer develops the plot.  Normal people like to begin with chapter one and enjoy the unexpected ending.  Matthew 8:5-13 has an unexpected lesson for us.  Jesus is still the focal point, but the faith of the centurion is a key focus of these verses.  The unexpected plot twist is that the greatest faith in Israel was not found among the religious leaders, but a foreigner who was part of an occupying force.  His faith is demonstrated by his understanding of Jesus' authority, "But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed."  Great faith is humble and praises the power of Jesus. The Centurion didn't demand of Jesus but asked Jesus to heal his servant.  Faith believes that God will meet our needs in the right way at the right time.