"NOW" FAITH - Matthew 8:5-10
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come’, and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.” (NKJV)
This Word from the Lord is all about the powerful potential in the ‘now’, as He calls us today to believe and receive!
Jesus was returning to His base in Capernaum after an intensive time of ministry when He was approached by a centurion, who pleaded with Him to come and heal his sick, suffering helper. The urgency in the centurion was so compelling that Jesus immediately agreed to minister to his ailing friend, but the centurion said to Jesus: “You don’t have to come to my humble home, but just say the word and my servant will be healed”. Jesus was amazed at his faith.
There are many threads of truth we could draw from this piece of Scripture. Firstly, Jesus acknowledged the faith in this Roman soldier, who was probably not even a believer in Almighty God. Secondly, the soldier himself spoke about authority. As a centurion, he was a respected part of the backbone of the Roman army, and had charge of a hundred men. Centurions were usually promoted due to their courage, endurance, and prowess in battle. They were people whose word was acknowledged and obeyed. People jumped when he told them to, so he knew all about using his authority in the Roman army, and he recognized the supernatural power and authority resident in Jesus.
These are very relevant and powerful lessons, but the Lord is pointing us today to the ‘now’ aspect of the centurion’s revelation. Exercise your imagination as you picture the scene. The centurion comes home from the battle field to find his helper sick and suffering, in pain and torment. He calls for doctors and medicine, but the prognosis is not good, and no one seems able to heal the sick man, or ease his suffering. Then, one of centurion’s men tells him about Jesus, and how he healed the sick wherever he went. The centurion knows he has to find Jesus and bring him back to his home. His servant was too ill to be moved, and being a man of influence, the centurion hopes that Jesus would accede to his request and come to his home. There was no internet to find out where Jesus was speaking, and he searches for many days, travelling on horseback with his men from town to town, until he finally finds the Healer as he ministers to a sick man on the street.
The centurion expected to receive honor from people wherever he went, but something happened to him when he came close to Jesus. When he met the Master, and looked into His eyes, he encountered the supernatural. When He heard the voice of the Word, He heard Heaven. As he bowed before Jesus, he yielded to a higher order and another dimension, where the impossible becomes possible, and faith becomes a force. When Jesus touched his arm, he collided with eternity. His tiny seed of faith fused with the faith of Jesus. In a flash of revelation, he saw beyond the boundaries of time and space. He saw through the eyes of the Everlasting, for whom a moment is as a day and a thousand years are as a moment! He saw that his miracle was already in motion and could be drawn down any second! As this man of power and pride submitted to the lordship of Yeshua with his helmet in his hand, he took his eyes off the infirmity for which he sought a cure. For those brief moments, he was not focusing on the earthly order, with its limitations, but got a glimpse of the infinite power of Heaven. He stepped into the realm where there is no disease, no fear, and what he saw in those seconds became more of a reality to him than where he stood. This is the existing, invisible reality you and I belong to because we are citizens of Heaven!
Friend, many of us have faith in God for miracles, but we may be living in the expectation that something may happen tomorrow, next week or “soon”. The centurion approached Jesus believing that his friend would be healed by Jesus sometime in the future, but the revelation he received in the presence of Jesus opened up to him the limitless ‘nowness’ resident in the Word. The miracle you seek is not just a dream. It is not a distant possibility. It has already been given to you in the spiritual dimension. It is for you, and for ‘now’ as you begin to release it through the power of the Word! When the writer of Hebrews said in Chapter 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…”, he was talking about being able to see the invisible future possibility as a ‘now’ reality. He was talking about the immediate, ‘now’ faith which is necessary to receive the miracle you are waiting for. When the centurion experienced Jesus (the Word), his faith became relevant, real and revelatory – it became ‘now’ faith. He saw that our eternal God is not limited by time or space, and that if the healing Word of Jesus was released into the life of his servant, then he was already healed. Hallelujah!
This passage of Scripture reminds us about faith, the infinite power of intercession, the love and compassion of Jesus, and the fact that He is so pleased when He sees faith in us. Above all, we see that we have been given the power and authority of Jesus to release a Word which can bring healing, deliverance and transformation into our lives, or the life of another. Psalm 107:20 says: “He sent His Word and healed them”, while Proverbs 18:21 says: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Everything you are hoping for in Jesus is possible right now and right here, and you can begin to release it through the power of words!
Matthew 8:13 tells us: “Then Jesus said to the centurion: “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you, and his servant was healed that same hour” – the hour of power! Jesus is calling us to believe. He is calling us to see the completeness of the blessing already credited into our account. Ask the blessed Spirit to give you ‘now’ faith as you feed on the Word, and speak it forth. Ask Him to enable you to see the manifestation of your miracle. The fusion of His faith with yours can cause an explosion! Jesus said to His disciples (John 14:12) that they would do greater works than He did, and to this end, He has given us the power of His Word and His Spirit, and the authority of His name. We are meant to speak forth the divine order of heaven upon the earth.
Precious friend, Jesus loves you more than you could ever know. He cares about the difficulty you and your loved ones are going through. His supernatural power is available to you today, to remove yokes, dismantle burdens, and to turn the impossible into possible. It is for you here and now! Begin to call forth your miracle today. Begin to release the healing Word into your life. Respond to the Word and BELIEVE. Respond to heaven and RECEIVE! It is Daddy’s gift to you!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 17 May 2011
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