Seeing Past the Physical Presence

Matthew 8:5-13

5And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, imploring Him, 6and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” 7Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

8But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9“For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

10Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11“I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment.

This passage caught me offguard last night. Take a minute and think about it. Jesus, God in the flesh, has come to earth and people are flocking after him. People are touching Him left and right and getting healed and chasing after those who need healing and giving it to them. They’re tracking Him down and convincing Him to come see their sick friends and relatives and heal them and the one thing that is obvious to the world is that Jesus’ physical presence can bring healing. If He’s there, something can and will happen.

This dude, however, caught Jesus off gaurd. He wants Jesus to come heal his servant. Jesus says “Alright, let’s go.” Then the centurion is all like “You could just do it from here homey.” And then Jesus is like “Dude… that’s faith.” You can literally feel the centurion’s faith as you read this story. He doesn’t even show signs of disbelief, despite the fact that He has asked something has yet to be seen.

Healing?

Without the physical presence of Jesus?

What?

Yes. And the servant is instantly healed that very exact moment. And now it is obvious that there’s more to healing than a physical presence of the Messiah. It has to do with an unfaltering faith that Jesus both can and will.

Many of us live today like those that Jesus ministered to. It seemed they thought that the only way to receive Jesus’ healing was to have him physically touch someone. And it seems that Jesus knew that was how we would understand it best in human terms and so He allowed it to work out that way. Where ever He would go, people would be healed despite the fact that God could heal anywhere at anytime.

Yet, too many of us Christians believe that these miracles died with the physical presence, even though that Jesus never needed His body to do His works Himself.

I’ve spent so much time trying to understand healings and other miracles lately. Perhaps all it takes is the firm faith of the centurion.

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