For today’s message we find ourselves looking at the story about the Centurion’s Servant.
I have a sense that the centurion’s entire household was reconciled to God because of the faith this man had that Jesus could just speak, and the servant was healed. I’d imagine that there are many who are reconciled to God when they are witnesses to some of the miracles, signs, and wonders.
The specific verses for today’s message were verses 3, and 10. So the centurion merely heard about Jesus, knew that Jesus could and would heal his servant, and in the end of the story we find the servant was alive and well…perhaps the most talked about verse in this story is the only statement recorded from Jesus…that He not found such great faith in all of Israel.
I can imagine after seeing this servant who was probably close to death. The centurion say’s “just say in a word, and my servant shall be healed”.
Faith, my friends is the key to reconciliation. Why? Because that’s the only way we can receive it. Just as healing comes by faith…so too does reconciliation. We have talked extensively in this series about the fact that reconciliation has everything to do with Jesus, and nothing to do with you…except receiving it by faith.
I started out writing this not exactly sure what this passage of scripture had to do with reconciliation, but what it does is illustrate faith. It illustrates that we must have total faith in Jesus…just as the centurion did that when God says that we have been reconciled to Him…that’s exactly what He means. When God says that He’s no longer counting our sins against us…that’s exactly what He means.
It sounds good to say that we want to live perfectly sinless, and flawless lives. It sounds good to say that we want to flawlessly follow God’s will, and direction. It sounds great to say that we’re always going to be 100% Kingdom minded, and that we’re endeavoring to remove every barrier between us and God.
But is that what the centurion believed? No. The centurion believed that all Jesus had to do was speak, and his servant would be healed. He believed reconciliation was possible not because of who he was, and what he did…but because of one word from Jesus.
Are you trusting in your abilities to reconcile you to God…or do you believe God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself?
Why are you trying to earn something that you can only receive by faith?
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer