The Faithful Centurion

The Faithful Centurion
Matthew 8:5-13
3/25/18 (MS)

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. 9 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.

God asks questions as an invitation for us to search our hearts and guide us in truth:

  • Where Are you? (Genesis 3:8-9)
  • What are you doing here? (1 Kings 19:1-13)
  • Can these bones live? (Ezekiel 37:1-3)
  • Do you love me? (John 21:15-19)

How do you respond to God’s questions?

The Centurion understands the authority of Jesus Christ.

Authority- the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.

There is peace under authority.

“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)

Have you placed Jesus as authority over your life?

Jesus is fixing our eyes on His Kingdom.

Where are your eyes fixed today?