Matthew 8:7 – November 29, 2021

He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” Matthew 8:7 NABRE                

Jesus is approached by a Roman Centurion, a leader of about one hundred troops. He has a servant who is paralyzed and suffering and he is seeking out Jesus to bring the servant some relief. There is much symbolism in this conversation. First the Centurion swears an oath Caesar is god and yet he comes to Jesus looking for and expecting God’s intervention. We learn the Centurion has great faith in God, Jesus will say his faith is greater than anyone He has met in Israel. The Centurion understands Jewish tradition and law because he is sensitive to Jesus becoming impure if He enters the home of a gentile, particularly a Roman’s. Romans are the enemy of Jews because their occupation and oppression has led to the death of many Jews. This Centurion must also love this servant very much to come himself seeking Jesus and asking for help. Jesus for His part responds, “I will come and cure him.” Jesus offers immediately to help and is convinced He will be able to cure the servant sight unseen, no questions asked. Jesus responds positively to the request for His help.

Jesus demonstrates immediate care and desire to help this Roman who He may consider His enemy. We can expect Jesus to respond as immediately and loving to our requests. Jesus has told us if we ask anything of Him in His name, He will do it (see John 14:14.) This small statement from Him to the Roman demonstrates Jesus’ response when asked. Ask Jesus for help, often we forget to ask and our needs are not ministered to. The more we recognize Jesus’ desire to help and we ask, the more we are connected to life in the kingdom of God. 

Do you ask for help of Jesus often? Who do you love that needs healing?

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