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Faith In Jesus

Luke 7 begins with a story of great faith.  There are three touching stories in this chapter and the first involves the healing of a Roman centurion’s servant.  The Jewish leaders of Capernaum implored Jesus to heal the centurion’s servant.  Why?  This was a Gentile and a Roman soldier at that!  Why should Jesus reach out and heal this man’s servant?  Because this centurion had shown kindness to the Jews.  He built the synagogue there.  So they believed that the centurion deserved to have Jesus heal his servant.  Jesus listens and goes with them to, supposedly, heal the servant.
They are getting closer to the house when all of a sudden some friends of the centurion come and tell Jesus that He doesn’t need to come all the way to the house.  In fact, the one who deserved to have his servant healed said this:

Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.

​ – Luke 7:6 (NIV) 
He did not count himself worthy of being in the Lord’s presence.  He didn’t presume that Jesus should come and heal his servant.  He had heard of Jesus and demonstrated great faith in Him.  In fact, notice that the centurion calls Jesus, “Lord.”  He knew that if Jesus just said the word, his servant would be healed.  The centurion’s faith was not in Jesus’ touch.  His faith wasn’t in Jesus’ presence.  His faith was in Jesus.  Jesus is amazed and declares that He has not seen this kind of faith, even in Israel!
Faith is a gift from God.  It helps us to believe the unseen.  ​​Our faith is not in a church.  Our faith is not in a statue of silver or gold.  Our faith is not in a prayer (though it is expressed in prayer).  Our faith is not in a ritual or an ordinance.  Our faith is in Jesus.  He is the One who saves us by God’s grace.  He is the Son of God, the only Savior of the world.  He suffered and died for our sins and we are forgiven through Him.  Let Jesus be the focus of your faith and know that He will do mighty things in your life.

Luke 7

New International Version (NIV)

The Faith of the Centurion

7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.

He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

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