Authority to heal
Luke 7: 2-10
There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 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.” 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
The centurion was a Roman army officer who was in charge of 100 soldiers. He would be very courageous leading his men into battle. Cowards would be executed.
What Luke describes to us about this man would apply to all of us today.
You may be a very important person.
You may be a person of authority.
You may value someone very highly.
You may be known for your patriotism and love for people.
You may have given finances to build places of worship.
And yet there is always something you cannot fix.
Everyone needs a Saviour at some point in life.
This centurion had heard of Jesus. He had heard he healed people.
But there was something different about this man.
There were many miracle stories of people coming to Jesus or bringing their sick to Jesus.
Just one touch from the King changes everything, right?
But the centurion knew the power of the spoken word when it comes from the place of authority.
With authority you don’t need to touch, manoeuvre or place into position. With authority you just need to command.
The centurion experienced this every day of his life. Authority was normal for him. He didn’t need to manhandle his soldiers, he just spoke over their lives, they heard and it was done.
The centurion knew that authority is everything. He knew that Jesus had an authority greater than his. That is why he didn’t go to Jesus. He knew that authority has the ability to say ‘Come’, ‘Go’ and ‘Do this’.
May the authority of Christ be upon our lives today.
May the Living Word be our spoken word today.
May He grace us with the ability to fix what is broken today.