For the One Week Eleven The Centurion by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Have you ever been in a situation where you need help and no where to turn to?  It is frightening, all alone in the dark with no light at the end of the tunnel.  Now take that scenario and add in the possibility of someone that could help but you are too afraid or too embarrassed to ask.  Finally, what if the one person in this world that could help you was someone you hated, what would you do?

Matthew 8:8-10

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

We continue our series titled “For the One” based on the book by Dr. Danny Forshee with the same title.  We have been studying characters of the bible and how they were equipped to evangelized.  Hopefully we can take these ideas and utilize them today as we follow the direction of the Great Commission.

We started with Jesus being the teacher, preacher, and molder of man.  We looked at John the Baptist, the Paralytic, and the Samaritan Woman. We examined the Apostle Peter, the Apostle John, Apostle Phillip, Nathaniel  and last week we studied the Apostle Matthew.

Two things before we dive into today’s message. First, there are two accounts of the interaction between the Centurion and the Lord.  The first is in Luke 7 and the one in Matthew which is the one we will be studying today.

The difference that is noticeable is that in Matthew’s account the Centurion comes to Jesus while the other account says that he sent servants who spoke with Jesus. This does not mean the scriptures are flawed. 

If you approach the scriptures with humility and trust God that His word is truth without error, the rest will fall into place.

The second is the time frame we are entering with this week’s passage.  In the previous three chapters, Jesus has taught us about the Kingdom of Heaven through His sermon on the mount. 

We about the enter the timeline where Jesus performs His second healing.  We are still in Capernaum.  We have learned in previous messages that it’s an area where Jesus bases his Ministry from and its close to the Sea of Galilee.

We pick up where a Centurion has a servant in his house that is very sick. The servant is bedridden and in great pain. Luke’s account says the servant was about to die.

A Centurion is defined as a military officer who commands about eighty men. These officers serve their entire careers as soldiers and were highly experienced and esteemed.

We pick up where the Centurion says, “He is not worthy”. The centurion humbles himself before Jesus, who would have been perceived as a lowly Jewish rabbi. He also might be indicating an awareness that Jews could not acceptably enter the homes of Gentiles.

Acts 10:28

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

We continue when the Centurion continues, “Speak the word only”. This is a statement of faith by the Centurion.  The centurion expresses belief not only in Jesus’ authority over sickness and disease, but also over time and space (anticipating His ability to heal from a distance).

We see that the Centurion was genuinely humble. The Centurion understood authority being authority to the 80 plus soldiers under him but the Centurion respecting the authority above him.  He realized a similar situation with Jesus whose authority came from God.

Matthew 11:27

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Matthew 28:18

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Astonished seems to be an expression according to Matthew. He refers to the crowd always seems astonished.

Matthew 9:33

And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.

Matthew 15:31

Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see and they glorified the God of Israel.

The Centurion was astonished but according to Matthew, so was Jesus and this was the only time in the gospel that this happened. He uses the opportunity as a teaching moment to the apostles.

Mark 6:6

And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

We learned this a few lessons back but as a refresher when reading the bible. “Truly I say to you”,  Or any variation, was a tool utilized by Jesus to emphasize words that follows.

Jesus makes the statement that no Jew has as much faith as this Gentile (non-Jew). Jesus often describes His own followers having very little faith. This was considered a high compliment to the Centurion.

Matthew 6:30

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

We jump ahead to verse 13 and the Centurion is told that because of his faith, the servant has been healed.

In conclusion:

  • Impressed or unimpressed: Entrance to heaven is based on faith & belief
  • How deep your love for others: As my pastor is always saying and my wife keeps reminding me, it is not all about me.  Love thy neighbor is a commandment.
  • How does Jesus see our faith: Two words with this are humility and faith. You must be humble, and your faith needs to be strong.
  • We must believe in Hell: If you do not have the humble, the belief, and the faith, then you are going to the fiery deaths of Hell.

Matthew 8:12

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Next Steps

Be Humble

Increase your belief and faith

Walk with God  & Help those that God puts in your way

Slow down and speak, help, serve, and simply care

Live Your Life the Lord’s Way

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