Luke 7 records the story of a certain Centurion, who had a servant, who was near death. Evidently this man not only heard about Jesus, he BELIEVED in Jesus.
“Now when He (Jesus) concluded all His sayings in the HEARING of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant…(Luke 7:1-3)
There was something underlying and amazing that had taken place in this Centurion’s heart, that we must not overlook. He BELIEVED in Jesus because he had FAITH in Jesus. He had FAITH in Jesus because he had HEARD about Jesus.
“So when he HEARD about Jesus, he sent…(Luke 7:3)
In this passage we see a divine manifestation of the word of God, that produced a FAITH MUSCLE in the heart and soul of this Centurion, which propelled him into action, (he sent them)
“So then FAITH cometh by HEARING, and HEARING by the word of God…(Romans 10:17)
Beloved, there was something else that was very much alive and at work in the heart of this Centurion. Jesus, the Living Word, was OTJW (on the job working)
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart…(Hebrews 4:12)
BELIEF was produced by FAITH, and FAITH came through HEARING. Both FAITH and BELIEF were nestled in his heart, which yielded a MIRACLE in the body of his servant..
“ When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such GREAT FAITH, not even in Israel. 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick...(Luke 7:9-10)
- What does your faith, beyond your words, say to God?
- We say we believe, but does God see that we believe?
- Jesus was able to measure the decibels of the Centurion’s faith!
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…(Hebrews 11:6)