Today’s reading: Luke 6, 7, 8, Proverbs 19
2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 ‘for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.’ 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, 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. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.’
This is a powerful example of someone who simply believed the authority of Jesus’ word. The Roman centurion in this story had a servant who was special to him and was at the point of death. Apparently the medical doctors of that day were unable to improve his condition. This centurion was a wealthy man who had built the Jews a synagogue and would certainly have paid for the best doctors to cure his servant who was so dear to him.
Someone must have told him about Jesus and the many miracles of healing He had performed. Since he had been so generous to the Jews he had favor with them and asked them to bring this Healer to his house to heal his servant. The elders of the Jews went to Jesus and tried to convince Him to come based on the centurion’s good works. I don’t believe Jesus came for that reason. I believe Jesus responded to the centurion’s faith. He always responds to people who hear about Him and ask for healing.
Before Jesus got to his house, this centurion received a revelation. He must have thought something along these lines: “The reason I have asked Jesus to come and heal my servant is because I believe He has authority over sickness and disease. I understand how authority works. I am a man under authority and I have several soldiers and servants under my authority. All that is necessary for me to exercise my authority is to speak a command to one of my servants and they obey me without question. If Jesus really has authority over sickness and disease He doesn’t have to come to my house. All that is necessary is for Him to speak the Word and sickness and disease will obey Him without question.”
Jesus responded to this centurion’s revelation by declaring his trust in Jesus’ word alone to heal his servant was great faith. And his servant was healed by Jesus simply saying the Word over him. Too many times we complicate God’s healing power. We want some special manifestation of the Spirit or some powerful feeling to confirm we are healed. When we understand what this man, who was not even in covenant with God understood, we will see consistent results.
Just say the Word. Exalt the truth of God’s Word above the facts of what we see in the natural realm. All that we see in the physical is temporary and subject to change. God’s Word is eternal and unchanging. When we say the Word sickness, disease, demons, and lack must flee. The Word on our lips has final authority in our darkest circumstance.
Speak the Word boldly into every situation that opposes God’s will for your life and those you love. Heaven will back you with the same authority Jesus walked in when you say the Word!