5.14.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 102. Just Jesus.

Matthew 8:9 says this, “”For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.‘”

Jesus was ready and willing to enter the Roman centurion’s house to heal the man’s servant (Matthew 8:5–7). The centurion, though, objected to this. He said he was not worthy to have Jesus in his home (Matthew 8:8). He respected the Jewish people (Luke 7:5) and likely understood that their custom prohibited them from entering the house of a Gentile (non-Jew). As this verse shows, though, the centurion also understood Jesus to be a man of great power and connection to God.

The centurion has said that Jesus can heal his servant merely by speaking a word. Now he explains why. He understands the principle of authority, which powered the Roman army. He himself was under the authority of his superiors, and he had authority over all the soldiers under him. He could accomplish anything with the words “come,” “go,” “do this.” His soldiers would immediately carry out his will without any need for the centurion to be present with them. This is a man who respects and instinctively recognizes authority.

In short, the centurion recognized Jesus’ authority over the natural world. He saw that Jesus’ healings were not like the attempted supernatural works of the pagans of his day. They would offer sacrifices and perform rituals and sometimes work themselves into a frenzy attempting to convince their gods to do their bidding. They saw their gods as having the authority, and they attempted to win their favor. Jesus, though, simply spoke and it was done. He was the one with the authority.

This man recognized that Jesus was the one with authority. Authority over it all. He could heal with a word. He could heal with a touch. He could heal without the sacrifices and the show. Just simply….speaking.

How often do we get sidetracked by all of it? The lights, the comfort of our lives, the apathy that settles in. Jesus calls us to follow. Not to put on a show, not to get caught up in all of the stuff that pulls us away from Him.

Just Jesus. That’s it.

Today. Focus on Jesus.

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  1. Peggy F on May 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    I love this devotion, as this morning , praying about so many things, I stood upon Gods word in Hebrews 4: 16 ” Let us therefore come boldly, to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” And what stood out was the word, BOLDLY ! as we pray, as we approach Gods throne of grace! Only because of Jesus, can we come boldly!
    Jesus tells us Himself, in John 15:5 “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

    Then we are told in Luke 10! 19 “Behold, I have given you authority {power} to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm you.

    Jesus, has given to us , His authority, by the awesome power of His Holy Spirit, to do , what He said, greater things shall you do , for I am going to my Father !

    That centurian understood this! authority!! And the enemy of our souls, who has come to kill, steal and destroy, knows this too! And he will always try to bring us back to a shame based mindset, and forget, WHO we are in Jesus !!!!!! And to exercise, especially in prayer, in spiritual battles, we are proclaiming His authority! His power! over all the enemy, to accomplish , just as Jesus prayed, that the will of His Father, Our Father is done on planet earth, as it is in Heaven.

    And one more, Peter understood this in Acts 3:12, a scripture I read this morning, ” I have no silver and gold{ Peter said to the beggar at the gates}, but what I do have, I give to you” In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” !!! so Exciting !!!!!!!!!!

    This is just a small portion of a prayer I prayed this morning, After reading Luke 10:19 …………. …as I encounter the works of the enemy, I will exercise that authority wisely and confidently, to extend love and freedom to others, pushing back darkness wherever I go. What I have freely received from You I freely give to others, I give encouragement!! I give mercy!! I share with others the life and power, You have deposited in me!! Amen and Amen!!!!!

    Don’t you love when the Holy Spirit brings it all together !!! I love it !!!!

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