Reading: Luke 7: 1-10
The centurion is a man of authority. He has absolute command of the soldiers under him. He tells one to go and they go; he tells one to come and they come. He understands power. The centurion has heard of Jesus and he recognizes that Jesus too has power. The stories he has heard have been enough for the centurion to recognize the power Jesus wields. The centurion also understands though that Jesus’ power is different than his own earthly power. He sees that not only is it a different kind of power but it is a superior power. The centurion who knows he has a lot of earthly power acknowledges that he is not worthy of being in Jesus’ presence. The centurion is a powerful man with a lot of humility.
Jesus in turn credits the centurion with having great faith. He goes so far as to comment that He has not yet seen such faith in Israel. That is a pretty strong statement for Jesus’ followers and for the religious authorities to hear. This Roman soldier has a faith superior to ours? It would be a difficult question for them to wrestle with.
It is a difficult question for us to wrestle with too. We say that God is all-powerful and can do anything, but do we really trust Him to do so? We’ve heard the stories just like the centurion did, but do we have absolute confidence that Jesus can still act? He brought healing to a sick servant who was miles and miles away without uttering a word. Surely this kind of power can still heal and transform lives. But do we have the faith of the centurion? This day may we call upon the mighty and powerful name of Jesus to enter into our lives to bring us spiritual, physical, and/or emotional transformation. In Jesus’ name there are no limits. May we live faithfully today, trusting in this truth.