“The centurian replied, 'Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.'”
Anguish seized the whole family. The woman of the house turned to her husband and begged him, saying, “You have to do something before our favorite servant dies.” The man, a Centurion of great influence, was unable to do anything. He pondered on what action to take, but the only thing he could think of was to send a message to his Jewish friends. He asked if they knew of any doctor who could help them in their hour of need.
Later, several of his friends came to his house. When they saw the state of the servant, the sadness written across their faces said it all. There was seemingly no hope. Suddenly, someone raised his voice and said, “I have a solution!” “What? Tell me!” said the Centurion. Silence fell on the house. The man said, “Jesus.” Another replied, “No, it is impossible, I heard someone saying that Jesus, was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, and none of you are Jewish. I don’t think He can help you.” But someone else said, “Wait a minute! We as Jews could go to Jesus and intercede on this man’s behalf.” With tears in his eyes, the Centurion said, “You do not know how much I appreciate your efforts. This young man is our joy. We don’t know what we’d do without him.”
They quickly left to look for Jesus, to intercede for the Centurion’s friend. Everyone was prepared for Jesus’ response, expecting it to be negative. One said, “Jesus, although the Centurion is not Jewish, he loves us and has been very kind to our nation. He even built us a synagogue.” However, Jesus surprised everyone with his reply, “Yes, I will go, just give me a few minutes and I will be with you.” Relatives and friends of the Centurion gathered around the house. Suddenly the news came that Jesus was coming to the Centurion’s home. Another neighbor was moved to tears and said, “Don’t worry, they are on their way!” Another one said, “At last we will get to meet Him.” Others joined in, “I wonder what it’s going to be like being close to Him?” Suddenly, the Centurion got up, “Wait here,” he said. “I will be back.” “Why are you leaving if Jesus is almost here?” Pushing through the crowd to see Jesus, the Centurion spoke to Him saying, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” A friend who was at his side asked, “Why are you telling Jesus this?” The Centurion replied, “You must realize that all of Jesus’ power is in His words, if He gives the order, the miracle will happen.” The friend of the Centurion thought speaking to the Lord like this was inappropriate but Jesus interrupted at that moment and said, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Jesus spoke the word, and in that instant, the servant was healed.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Word of God is not limited to the physical realm. Understanding this, Paul said, “But God’s word is not chained” (2 Timothy 2:9b). There is absolutely nothing that can stop the Word of God and through His Word, God can supply any need that His people might have.
I have had the privilege of praying for people who live thousands of miles away. I ask the Lord to touch them and heal them, and immediately the miracle is manifested in many of them. As long as the believers stand firm in their faith, knowing what the Word of God says, it dissipates any oppression that the enemy has tried to force upon their lives. By the confession of the Word of God, all fear, oppression and doubt are defeated.
"By faith in Jesus I have received the promises of God for my life, and through them, I can move His hand in my favor."
Today's post is an excerpt from Pastor Cesar Castellanos' book, Declarations of Power for 365 Days of the Year: Volume Two.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: Judges 9; Psalms 86
- New Testament: Mark 6:30-44; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16