“Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” — Luke 7:7
In Luke 7, Jewish elders come to Jesus on behalf of a Centurion who servant was sick and about to die. Unlike most Romans, this man was respected by the Jews. He had built them a synagogue. He certainly showed compassion on his servant. And He showed great faith in Jesus, so much that Jesus commented that He had “not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
What made Jesus say that? Several reasons:
- The centurion had such high respect for Jesus that he didn’t even feel worthy to have Jesus visit his home or be in Jesus’ presence.
- The centurion had such faith in Jesus’ power and authority that he knew He would just say the word and his servant would be healed. As a man under authority and with authority, he explained that he understood how a chain of command works.
Hearing these things made Jesus marvel and say that this was greater faith than He had found in Israel.
When the friends of the centurion returned home, they found the servant healed. As the centurion had said, one word from Jesus healed the man.
What kind of faith do we have? Do we need constant evidence, continual reassurance, and repeated signs? Or can we accept the fact that if Jesus is God, then just a word from Him can do anything? Everything and everyone is underneath His control.
This should affect our prayers, our obedience, our attitudes, our approach to problems, and every aspect of our life. With just a word Jesus can change everything!