by Christina Farris
1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. The unworthiness one might make others feel to come to Jesus might be short lived by the unworthiness, of one own feeling of unworthiness to come to Christ. Often the picture someone might paint of you might be do you deserve not to suffer or to go through a trial in life. The truth of the matter is do we deserve mercy or salvation from God. A centurion servant was sick and basically the Centurion could not survive without him. He heard Jesus was nearby and sent for him. Jewish people asked for mercy for this man because he had built the temple for the people to worship in. The idea here in this story is this man of authority had the ability to command and the people in his authority would go and obey him. He knew Jesus power to command was greater, that all he had to do was speak and his servant would be healed and he needed not to come to exercise that authority He had.
Now it takes faith to believe that your word has enough weight that people will do as you say and obey it to the full letter of the law, it another to speak the word of faith and healing occur, because of the authority of the word alone. The illness had no authority over the man but what was allowed to make him sick, Jesus had authority over the illness to cause it to flee without being present. When we pray the authority of Jesus' name alone is power for the believer to cast out sickness and demons, but God does not always heal. When that occurs, some say lack of faith, but never heard anyone say they felt unworthy to receive Jesus in their house in regards to someone needed healing. Unworthiness is not a reason not to be healed, it is only a state of mind of one's own sinfulness before God. To request of another based on one's own unworthiness to plea for another, is not based on the one needing prayer, but the one making the request.
Samuel at the time of King Saul could not request King Saul to be healed from evil demon, because God was looking at the heart and actions of King Saul. it was not Samuel's unworthiness to pray, it was Saul's unworthiness to be healed. There was no submission to God or revence to God by King Saul. Samuel could do nothing for Saul because of Saul's problem. Yet Jesus healed a servant for Centurion, who recognize he had not right to request Jesus to take time out of his schedule to come heal him, and respect the authority of Christ. Jesus perfect in all his ways with th authority to heal. With the authority to know the state of the heart of the Centurion. Yet instead of going forth to heal the Centurion his unworthiness, he except Centurion message with the regards he understood the man had faith for him to go ahead and healed his servant without coming to his house. Are we humble when we make request to God of our own unworthiness to see someone healed. Deliverance is not about always the individual faith that needs healing, sometimes it about the one praying in faith that is making the request.
The idea of faith in action must come by the humble heart of the believer. Are we asking out of own humbleness, and right as child of God, or out of attitude of worthiness. The man felt he had a right to ask, but not a right to take up all his time, by having Jesus come to His house. He understood Jesus was busy. God is is busy all the time, yet we take time to make all kinds of request to God through out the day. Is the request we making necessary first and for most, or are they with a purpose.
The Centurion needed this servant, no clue why, but this man was important enough for him to request healing from Jesus. When we pray for others we need to come in humility not so much of saying Lord bring this sinner to their knees, but instead Lord please heal my friend. Healing comes spiritually, physically and emotionally. God wants to heal us both physically, mentally and spiritually. He does not want to have any part of our being not made whole, but the one asking needs to come with purity of heart and faith. David repented of his sin, but could not save his baby boy. God took him as a form of punishment the Bible says. Yet why was the baby taken, when it was David's sin and not the child. The baby was without sin, but born out of sin. A baby a blessing and yet David repentance did not stop God punishment. The Baby in the arms of God was greater blessing for the baby, that would not grow up to know the truth of his father's sin or birth. It seems like a strange answer to the question in regards to life, but in since David raped Bathesheba, even if she did not scream, why because what choice did Bathesheba have but to submit to the authority of King David. To not do so might mean death. How Bathesheba must of grieved for her husband that David had kill in battle, and grieved for herself because of her defilement of marriage to her husband. The scripture does not give Bathesheba opinion or view. In the modern world woman have the ability to give their opinion and view of their situation. Even our government leaders have been caught in the sin of adultery and whoredom. Yet because of their wealth they just pay the person off, never thinking how these men or women feel or caring. There crime greater then our world even realizes, when standing before angry God. Yet repentance and restitution is only good if the person caught is truly sincere in heart.
Yet this is not about gross sin of representatives of our land, but about the unworthiness of man of faith that knew the power of Jesus. And how we to in our worthiness of our earthly sin can come and make request to Jesus for healing of those we love or care about. Jesus does not have to present for the healing. In the story of Lazarus why did Martha and Mary send for Jesus or just make a request. Yet through Lazarus death faith was realized by his friends that he could be raised back to life by Jesus. Sometimes we need to realize that we only need to ask Jesus for Him to do it before the resurrection comes. The resurrection when He returns. Our healing is for today according to His will in and for our life.
Job is a prime example of being haughty before the Lord in regards to his own righteousness, for his own healing. He could not see his sin, because of his humbleness to carry out the law of sacrifice for even his children. He could not see his unworthiness before God until God showed him his view of the world. Job would repent in sack cloth and ashes and then offer the sacrifice for his friends. Our unworthiness to ask God for anything is the same unworthiness that brings all sinners to their knees in the need of salvation, because wants to save each of us. It is in our wretchness of seeing our own faults that enables God to deliver in healing from sin and illnesses. It only one more piece of the pie. Are you humble? Is sin standing in your way of being healed, and are you willing to be sincere in your repentance.
Dear Heavenly Father, we come humbly to you for the healing of friends, and others this morning. For healing to the lost. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Thanksgiving Day Countdown: Day 18: Thankful for healing whether it be spiritual, physical, or mental, in each others life.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:James 5:13-16 KJV
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Hebrews 4:16 KJV Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.