Faith in Jesus' Authority (Through the Gospels)
"And to the centurion Jesus said, 'Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.’ And the servant was healed at that very moment”^Matthew 8:13.
This is a fascinating passage. A Centurion comes to Jesus and asks Jesus to heal his servant who has been paralyzed. Jesus agrees to heal his servant but the Centurion tells Jesus, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it'” (Matthew 8:8-9).
To this Jesus gets amazed and ends up healing the servant. What can we glean from this passage? Two things: 1) Faith matters and 2) Jesus has all authority.
This man’s faith moves the heart of Jesus. The faith and confidence that the Centurion has moves Jesus into action. When we have faith and come to God with expectation, it makes a difference. This does not mean God will always answer our prayers and people will be healed when they have faith, but it does show us that faith does play a significant part in experiencing God’s presence in our lives.
But faith in what? Faith in the authority of Jesus.
This Centurion has absolute faith on who Jesus says He is. As a Roman soldier with delegated authority from Rome, He understands that Jesus has authority from God. The Centurion has put his faith in the authority that Jesus has.
When you and I put our faith in the authority of Jesus, we can experience heaven on earth. When we believe who Jesus is and what He has done, we can experience glimpses of the Kingdom of God here on earth. This man’s faith moved God into action. Though God is sovereign and cannot be coerced to do anything, He does partner with people who put their faith in Him.
Do you have faith in who God says He is? Come to Him in your time of need and confess His sovereignty and authority over your situation. Ask Him to come and intervene!