“Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go, it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.” Matthew 8:13 Amplified
Jesus always emphasized the need for us to have faith. The Word tells us in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance, the confirmation, the title-deed, of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality, faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” The Amplified version is so expressive and brings the Word to life so much more. Read that verse again slowly and take in each word, so the Lord can reveal His truth to you.
In the eighth chapter of Matthew Jesus gives us two examples of faith. The first is when the leper goes to Him for healing and tells Him, Lord if You are willing, You are able to cure me. The next is our verse today about the centurion and his ailing servant.
Now the centurion is Roman, a gentile, yet he knows the power of healing that Jesus has. He begs Jesus to heal the ailing servant and when Jesus tells him He will go and restore him the centurion stops Him. The Roman soldier doesn’t try to impress the Lord by stating who he is, or what power he has, but on the contrary he tells Jesus he’s not worthy of Him coming to his house. He explains to Jesus that he is a commander who tells people to go and do things and he knows that Jesus is a commander too and only needs to give the word and it will be done. When Jesus heard the man He marveled and told those around Him that he had not found so much faith as this man even in Israel. So we see a gentile has more faith in Jesus then even the disciples. Finally, Jesus tells the centurion, “Go, it shall be done for you as you have believed, and the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.”
What impressed me the most with the example of the centurion was that Jesus told him, it shall be done as you have believed. We’ve already seen in Hebrews 11:1 that faith is believing what we can not see, feel, smell, hear or taste. That’s why even becoming a Christian is too difficult for some, there is no tangible proof that is revealed with their senses. It takes faith.
Remember the Lord’s words today, it shall be done for you as you have believed.