A Man under Authority

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A Man under Authority
November 6, 2021

Read: Matthew 8:5-13

I too am a man under authority. (v. 9)

It wasn’t easy to surprise Jesus. Only twice are we told in the Gospels that something astonished him. One was the lack of faith among his hometown friends and neighbors—”he marveled because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:6). The other was the faith of this Roman centurion. When Jesus heard what the man said, “he marveled,” exclaiming, “with no one in Israel have I found such faith” (Matt. 8:10). This is the first time the word “faith” appears in the New Testament. Isn’t it interesting that it’s used not of a disciple but of this foreigner?

What was so amazing about the centurion’s faith was its combination of self-effacing humility and boundless confidence in Jesus’ power. Just as he was willing to touch a leper, so Jesus also offered to go to this gentile’s house to heal his servant. “Lord,” he objected, “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority” (vv. 8-9). A lifetime in the army had taught him all there was to know about both taking orders and giving them. He knew authority when he saw it. “So just give the order, Lord, and sickness and suffering and even death itself will have to obey you.”

I identify with this guy. As a Christian, I too am a man under authority. A key question is whether we acknowledge the authority of God’s Word or choose to define for ourselves what’s true or false and right or wrong. —David Bast

As you pray, consider how you are under authority.

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