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A Centurion's Faith

Series: Faith in Action

A Centurion's Faith

During June we’re talking about Faith in Action. Last week we covered Matthew 8.1-4 - where Jesus cleansed a leper. We learned how leprosy is the personification of sin and how we need to act on our faith. This week, we’ll continue in Matthew 8 and look at verses 5-13 where we read about a centurion’s faith.

The Setting

  1. Many believe the miracles in Matthew 8.1-17 happened on the same day.
  2. The parallel account to Matthew 8.5-13 is Luke 7.1-10..
  3. Matthew 8.5 & Luke 7.2 both mention the centurion, which were common in the Roman Empire.

Luke 7.3-5 - The Jewish Point of View

  1. 7.4 - he is worthy to have you do this for him…
  2. What was going on inside him, his humility, meekness, and godliness, was probably not as important to them. 

Matthew 8.6 - The Centurion’s Appeal

  1. 8.6 - Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.
    1. Word for “servant” refers to a young boy, probably younger than an adolescent.
    2. Luke 7.2 - the servant was highly valued by him. The centurion is afraid he is going to die.
    3. Matthew 8.6 - the boy was paralyzed, in pain, and headed for death.
  2. Generally speaking, Greco-Roman culture believed that slaves were no different from a horse or ox.
    1. Here is the centurion, a man’s man, moving with deep compassion.
    2. 8.8 - he says, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. 
  3. 8.6 - The centurion addresses Jesus as Lord.
  4. 8.6 - his prayer is one of information. He simply expresses the need.

Matthew 8.7-10 - Jesus’ Response

  1. 8.7 - No hesitation from Jesus. Simply, I will come and heal him. Luke simply says, and Jesus went with them.
  2. Luke 7.8-9 - He knew a man of authority when he saw one.
  3. 8.10 - Jesus marveled. He is amazed and surprised. No one in Israel have I found such faith.
  4. 8.11-12 - Gentiles, from the east and west, would respond to the gospel in greater numbers than the chosen ones of Israel

Three Takeaways For Us:

  1. Move with certainty. 8.8b - only say the word and my servant will be healed.
    1. Hebrews 11.1a - faith is the assurance of things hoped for…
  2. Love people: Luke 7.9: not even in Israel have I found such faith. 
  3. See the reality. Faith that sees self for who it is. Faith that sees God for who He is. We need a Savior. Colossians 1.19-20 - Jesus is our peace.

Conclusion: Is Jesus your peace? He’ll save you from your sins today.

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