Matthew 8:5-13 Children can follow along in Spark 290.
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to himand saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.
The military man's servant lies sick at home. He seeks out Jesus, who has been doing works for power. The officer believes Jesus can cure the servant with nothing more than a word. For the officer, Jesus has complete authority.
What is this authority? It is the ineffable, the "x-factor", that "thing itself" that the centurion knows is true about Jesus - here is a rabbi and teacher whose ways are not bound up with the limits of the usual way of thinking. Here is one is following the inner and outer courage to live and act wholeheartedly in the world, so that all he does lands well, is strong, and true. The centurion sees that when Jesus even so much as says a word, it's from the heart and it goes to the heart of the matter, whatever that is. Then his servant is healed.
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