As Jesus was traveling to Capernaum, a Centurion approached him begging, pleading, and bringing his petition to Jesus.
The Centurion went personally to Him boldly with no hesitation. He quickly stated his request and was very specific in telling Jesus what was wrong and what he needed from Him.
Matthew 8:7 (AMP)
And Jesus said to him, I will come and restore him.
The Centurion didn’t feel worthy enough for Jesus to take the walk to his house. In these days, a Jew wouldn’t think about talking, helping, or even going into a Gentiles’ home; it was considered defilement.
The Centurion knew this and made the statement. The ironic thing was that even though Jesus was a Jew, he asked Him to heal his servant that was very sick back home.
He knew the power Jesus possessed and knew that this wasn’t a physical but a spiritual problem that could be dealt with from where Jesus was standing.
SPEAK THE WORD AND MY SERVANT WILL BE CURED
The Centurion understood the power of authority. As a Centurion, he had many soldiers reporting to him. When he gave commands and orders to them, they obeyed and implemented the task that was given.
The Centurion saw this same quality in Jesus. He had power unlike anyone he’d ever seen. He heard of his healings around the land and wanted to tap in that source. Is it possible that the Centurion could have been a true holy man of God in disguise? The Lord has his people every where. Even in the darkest places where you wouldn’t expect. The light will shine even in the dimmest places. We just have to search for it and its there.
We have to Speak the Word of assurance over our families and every life we touch on a daily basis.
Matthew 8:9 (AMP)
For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
The Centurion didn’t feel worthy to have Jesus in his house but that didn’t stop him from receiving healing for his servant.
Jesus wants us to come to Him even with our tainted past. Our past is not what determines where we’re going. It’s our present and what decisions we make from here and beyond that will determine our future. Could you imagine being dictated by our past mistakes and living day in and day out based on that? We would be in a lot of trouble.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (AMP)
18Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 19Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Decide today to be cleansed from your old self and come to Jesus as the Centurion did. The Centurion came to Jesus in the flesh and asked, but we have the same opportunity to come to Him today. Remember the Spiritual battle!
I want to go back to a point in last weeks’ devotion because as I was preparing for it, the Holy Spirit was very clear that the Lord’s people are ashamed to come to Him with their most intimate issues. I beg you today not to be caught up in that lie. Don’t be cheated from all that the Lord wants to give you. You can be free and walk in truth when the Lord sets you free from whatever bondage that is in you; mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Run as fast as you can towards Him and tell Him all. Jesus is waiting for you to confess it from your mouth and acknowledge. It aches Him to see you suffer every day knowing what’s wrong. He’s waiting patiently for you to lay down your burdens to Him so He can pick it up and work it out for your good.
When we do this, either two things will happen. Jesus will start stripping you like an onion; one peel at a time until you are completely whole again. Or you’ll get instant healing. Whatever process He decides to use with you, will be the best healing option for your situation. Embark in that journey with Him.
Don’t fear that process because when you come out at the other end, you will be praising and thanking Him for exactly what He put you through. Your fear will transform into testimony. He will teach you to walk in peace.
Get to know your Christ more and He will bring you through a journey unlike any other.