“Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.” (Luke 7:7)
Even though I’ve heard the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s servant many times, there’s something I didn’t notice until today. Jesus and the centurion never meet face to face. All of their communication takes place through other people. For that matter, Jesus isn’t physically present with the seriously ill servant either. Yet somehow, the healing takes place.
Even though he was a powerful man, the centurion was humble enough to know that there was Someone who was more powerful. Furthermore, he was willing to turn to that Someone for assistance. He believed that Jesus could heal his servant just by speaking the word. No evidence was needed. He didn’t even need to see Jesus. He believed.
In the end, the centurion’s request was granted and his servant was healed. Even though he didn’t see Jesus in the flesh, he still believed in His healing power. I’d like to tell you my faith in Jesus is that strong, but I don’t think it is. In spite of that, this story gives me hope.
No matter where we fall on the faith spectrum, we can learn something from the story of the centurion and his servant. In this story we have documented proof that it’s not necessary to see Jesus in order for a healing to take place. It’s just necessary to ask. If you or someone you know needs a healing, please ask. Jesus can do it.
Let not your heart be troubled!