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Jesus -- the Guru #14

C. Jesus’ Call for Faith


A centurion at Jesus’ time was a very important person. He was a “centurion” because he had one hundred soldiers under him (see. v. 9). He was part of the powerful Roman Empire army.


Note, however, the humility he shows in addressing Jesus. Being a part of an army, he knew how to recognize and respect authority. The centurion had authority over soldiers. He knew this spiritual Master had far greater, divine authority. Jesus need “just say the word,” and God’s healing power would be there.


Jesus recognizes this faith and praises it (v. 10). Jesus held up this gentile (non-Jew), Roman (occupying army) officer as an example to everyone else. The centurion was not part of the people of Israel. He was not part of God’s covenant people. But Jesus does not look at what group you are a part of. He doesn’t look at how high or low your position is in society. He doesn’t look at what others say about you. He doesn’t care if you are an insider or an outsider.


Jesus only cares that you have faith. Jesus looks at the heart.


What does Jesus see in your heart? Does Jesus marvel and rejoice at your faith in Him? Jesus would hold you up as an example.


Note that the centurion did not keep his faith in Jesus a secret. Even though he knew that both Jews and Romans would ridicule and reject him, he came forward publicly. Jesus knew what courage this took. Jesus respected the love and honesty in the centurion’s character. Jesus gladly granted his wish and publicly praised him.


What consequences would you face if you showed publicly that you have faith in Jesus as your spiritual Master? Are you ready for it?


Read Matthew 8:18-22.



The Cost of Following Jesus


18When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.19Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”


20Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”


21Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”


22But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”



 


Jesus makes it clear that being His disciple is not easy. At that time, it meant living away from home and family obligations because Jesus was travelling from village to village.


Now, it might be harder to be a disciple staying at home and doing family obligations. People in our family may not want us to be a disciple of Jesus. What is Jesus’ reply today to someone who says he wants to follow but gives excuses?


How can I pray for you today?


Yesudas


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