Week of April 24-28, 2017
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came
unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home
sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come
and heal him.
Somebody needs Jesus. This is not news. Everybody will need Him one day. It is
good to recognize our need for Him everyday, and cultivate a relationship with
Him. But here is a man who is outside of the covenant of promise. Actually, this
man is a pagan. His servant may be a pagan, also. He may be a Hebrew, but the
nationality of the servant is not known. It is probably not important. This
story lets us know that God's word is not a respecter of persons. Wherever the
Word is believed and acted upon, Jesus will manifest Himself. He will cause to
happen that which you request. He manifests Himself as Healer where we desire to
The person making the request here has compassion on his servant. There must be
some element of love, care, and concern for the servant before a faith request
can be made. That is why God judges us according to how much we love. Faith
worketh by love. So here we have a man who is an idol worshipper requesting
mercy for a servant who perhaps is not a worshipper of God either. What do you
think their chances are for a healing? Well, that should give you hope, child of
God, for you have a covenant of healing with Jesus, but you must initiate that
covenant. You must make Him your healer.
If you are in need of healing, there is good news!
Proverbs 4:20-22 says:
son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their
So there is life and health in
God's word. Since God's word is medicine, we must take it like we would
a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food.
Remember, healing is the children's bread. Consider this your "dose"
Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:
~ And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy
God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his
commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon
thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15
If you've never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite
you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and
meditate on these chapters today:
**April 24 --- Numbers 1,
Psalms 35, Ecclesiastes 11, Titus 3
**April 25 --- Numbers 2, Psalms 36, Ecclesiastes 12, Philemon 1
**April 26 --- Numbers 3, Psalms 37, Song of Solomon 1, Hebrews 1
**April 27 --- Numbers 4, Psalms 38, Song of Solomon 2, Hebrews 2
**April 28 --- Numbers 5, Psalms 39, Song of Solomon 3, Hebrews 3
**April 29 --- Numbers 6, Psalms 40-41, Song of Solomon 4, Hebrews 4
**April 30 --- Numbers 7, Psalms 42-43, Song of Solomon 5, Hebrews 5
centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come
under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am
a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and
he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and
he doeth it.
So Jesus has agreed to come and heal the servant. This man made Jesus his Healer
through asking in faith. When Jesus agrees to come, the man is overwhelmed at
His graciousness. Then he remembers something. Perhaps it is the condition of
his house. Perhaps it is the carnality of his life represented by his manner of
living. Perhaps he has carvings of Zeus and Juno. Perhaps there are dedicated
things in his home. He knows that Jesus may be offended that he has not served
Him, or that Jesus will know something about him that will make Him change His
mind about healing his servant. He should not fear. Once Jesus gives His word
about something, He will do it.
This man goes on to tell Jesus that he knows only His word of power is needed to
heal the man. This is the highest form of faith. There are many people who
brought the sick to Jesus, and there were many who He visited in their homes, as
they were too sick to travel. Lazarus was one whom Jesus had to visit to heal.
Jesus still makes house calls, and this centurion had the key to it. He knew
that Jesus healed by His word only. His word was anointed with power, but the
centurion had to get Jesus to speak the Word specifically to his servant. It is
not enough to know that Jesus heals others. We must know that He heals us. This
centurion knew this.
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say
unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
His understanding caused Jesus to marvel. Jesus then compares this pagan to
Israel, His own. He came unto His own, but His own received Him not. Jesus comes
to us many times offering help, and we refuse it. Have you ever been in a
service where an altar call is made, and you know you should go up, but you're
"not sure"? Perhaps you felt moved to write to a ministry or sign up for
mailings, or publications, but you don't because you don't want another piece of
mail to come to your house. This is Jesus offering help, but we must first obey
in order to get it. This is why he marveled at the centurion's faith. He saw
that this man had gone beyond a mere superficial understanding of Him. This man
had spent time studying the works of Jesus and had decided that Jesus will heal
all who come by faith, and that He uses His authority over disease to do it. How
did Jesus do this? Well, Himself took our sicknesses and bare our infirmities.
He took them already. Whatever he has taken, He has possession of and authority
over. He took it from us, so that we could be healed by His Word. He has given
His word to all believers that He has paid for our healing...He has certainly
taken it by the stripes of His body. We are healed.
I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down
with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children
of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.
Jesus teaches the people that there is a reward for faith and a penalty for
unbelief. If the centurion can have faith, then anybody can. He rebukes the
children of Israel for their unbelief and lets them know that there is
accountability for using or not using our faith to trust God. The people who are
cast into outer darkness will be frustrated enough to gnash their teeth in anger
at themselves for not believing Jesus, even though He proved His ministry with
signs and wonders. This teaching also opens the kingdom to whosoever believes.
Until this time the children of Israel felt that they had a "corner" on the
knowledge of the Kingdom, but now they see Jesus accepting and commending a
pagan Roman. God honors faith in Him and He is no respecter of persons. Jesus
demonstrates that faith has no color, nationality or race. Faith is the Spirit
of God, and God pours out His Spirit on all flesh.
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way;
and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed
in the selfsame hour.
So Jesus confirms His word with signs following. This is the reward of using our
faith to believe God and take Him at His word. This centurion has now partaken
of God's covenant. He has believed and trusted solely in God's word. He knows
how the Kingdom works and has made Jesus his Healer. He has reached into a
revelation that is necessary for us today. We must understand that the word of
God has healing power in it. We must believe that the word of God is life and
medicine to our flesh and if we receive it by hearing and believing, we can make
Jesus our healer. We can be healed over and over again, because the word never
fails, and all the words of God are full of power. We can trust Jesus as our
healer by trusting and taking Him at His word.