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“...but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” - Matthew 8:8
All the centurion needed was for Jesus to speak, and he knew his request would be answered. This Roman officer didn’t need to Jesus to turn water into wine, or to wave a magic wand to believe he would heal the servant, he didn’t even need Jesus to come all the way to his house and be near the servant. He just knew that he would.
Faith like that can be hard sometime. Sure, it’s easy to have faith in Jesus when everyone is healthy and happy, work is going well, family life is peaceful. But when someone gets sick? When finances get tight? When relationships get hard? Suddenly trusting Jesus feels like the hardest thing in the world.
I sometimes like to think that faith would have been easier when Jesus was on earth. He was right there, you could literally see Him, touch Him, hear Him. Surely having faith that He is who He says He is one hundred times easier when He’s sitting at the dinner table next to you, right? Whether that’s true or not, the centurion didn’t need Jesus right in front of him. First, he sent some Jewish elders to ask Jesus to heal the his servant (Luke 7:3). Then, when Jesus starts coming to his house, He stops Jesus before He gets there! He knew that if Jesus just said the word, his servant would be healed.
The roman officer had no doubt that Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be: the Son of God. He had heard about Jesus, about the things He had done, and believed it to be true. Jesus, who was amazed at this man’s faith, says “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” (Luke 7:9, emphasis mine). Not even Israel, God’s own people, had taken Jesus at His word like that. They doubted, they rejected, they were overcome by disbelief.
We can be a lot like the Israelites, can’t we? Here, the God of the universe, through His written Word, is telling us exactly who He is, what He has done, and all He can do. He’s not hiding, He’s not silent, and He’s not communicating in a secret code. He has revealed Himself to us, and all we have to do is take Him at His word, just like the centurion.
Daily faith doesn’t require that we read our Bible for a certain amount of time, or pray a certain number of times each day. But it does mean choosing to believe that Jesus is exactly who He says He is, not matter what our circumstance looks like. He is faithful and His promises are true.