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Disciplined Discipleship

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Soldiers know the importance of discipline       Photo: ©  Corbis

A Centurion's Faith Amazes Jesus    MATTHEW 8:5-10

In this episode Jesus gives a Roman centurion who commanded a hundred men the highest accolade given to anyone in the gospels. He says in verse 10: "I haven't seen this level of faith among any of my fellow Jews".

In verses 8 and 9 the centurion says as he asks Jesus to heal his sick slave.

"Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

The centurion recognises:


1   Jesus is A MAN UNDER AUTHORITY, like himself.
    "I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes.
     I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
 

2   JESUS' AUTHORITY COMES FROM GOD
    "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed."

3   IF GOD WANTS TO HEAL HIS SLAVE, ALL JESUS NEEDS TO DO IS TO SAY A WORD - "Be healed." 

That's real faith!   

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