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Notes for parents and guardians

Let it be done for you as you have believed ( Matthew 8:13)

This healing of the centurion’s servant is narrated in the gospel of Matthew (Matthew 8:5-13) and the gospel of Luke (Luke 7:1-9). If you compare the two scriptures, there are slight differences. In the gospel of Matthew, it was written that the centurion went to ask Jesus to save his servant. Whereas in the gospel of Luke, it was recorded that the centurion asked the Jewish leaders to ask Jesus to save his servant. When he learnt that Jesus was coming personally, he sent friends to tell Jesus not to trouble to come to his place for he is not even worthy to come and meet Jesus. Which of these versions is accurate? If you examine all the events recorded in the gospel of Matthew, you will realise that within each chapter, there are several events recorded. It appears that the author, Matthew had tried to record as many events as he could and often the unimportant details are omitted. In this case of the centurion’s servant being healed, Matthew could have omitted the details of the Jewish leaders and the friends of the centurion. Afterall, the person whose faith Jesus marvelled at was the centurion.

It is insignificant if the centurion did come personally or whether he asked the jewish leaders and his friends to come to Jesus. What is significant is that the centurion believed that a word from Jesus is sufficient to bring about miracles. It does not matter if is was a request made by the centurion himself or whether it is through the Jewish leaders or through his friends. It also does not depend on whether Jesus was physically there beside the servant who was sick. Most importantly, it does not matter if the centurion was good enough (whether he built the synagogues or not). It was the grace of God. All that was needed was faith. Let’s examine three important truths in this story:

The Truths

Did you notice

Did you notice the following 3 important truths from this reading:

FAITH

The first truth is that Jesus marvelled (Matthew 8:10). Jesus was delighted to learn of a person with such faith.

My child, do you want to please God and to surprise God? Do you know that the ONE thing that will really surprise and delight God, the ONE thing that will catch God’s attention, that will cause Him to marvel, is FAITH.

Two ACCORDING TO YOUR BELIEF

The second truth is the miracles will happen as according to what we believe.

You see, if something is good for you, there is no reason why God would not give to you. Healing is definitely God’s will for everyone of us. If we believe that healing miracles no longer take place in this age, Then that will be the case. Although, there is a time for everyone to return to the LORD. However, when it is not our time, then, it means it will always be God’s will for us to be healed. With a healthy body, we can serve God and people. If we believe that God will heal us, it will be done according to what we believe.If we believe that we are going to be healthier than before when we recover, because God loves us and and wants us well, then it will be done according to what we believe.

JESUS’ WORD

God spoke this entire universe into existence. He said let there be light and there was light. He said let the land produce crops, and it was so. 

My child, a word from Jesus is all that is needed to make things happen for you. The bible is full of Jesus’ promises. Words spoken from His mouth. Believe every word, every promise that Jesus spoke. Hold on to the promise that He came to give us life (John 10:10) and that when we follow Him, we will never be lost but have the light that leads to life (John 8:12). He said blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Believe, believe every word, every promise that Jesus has spoken.

Love letter from GodYour body is wonderfully made by God

We all know that God spoke the universe into existence. If you read Genesis 1:1-25, you will notice that God said “Let there be….” and that item will come into existence.

 

Did you notice

However, did you notice that in Genesis 1:26, God did not  say let there be human beings. Instead God said let us make human…:

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

So God created human beings in his own image.
    In the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

My child, you are wonderfully made by God (Psalms 139:14). If you read any articles about your body and what you are made of and the processes that are running inside your body, you will be so amazed. Until this day, there are still many things about our bodies that doctors have not known. Know this truth, my child, it is always God’s will for you to be healed and healthy.

Now that you understand God’s will for you, would you believe that a word from God is all that is needed for your body to be healed. It does not depend on whether Jesus is physically here on earth beside you or whether He is in heaven. He also does not depend on whether His word is spoken now or thousand of years ago. The fact is God has spoken that it is His will for us to be healed. If you believe, claim the following promises from God:

But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.

Isaiah 53:5

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 10:10

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[a]who will never leave you.

John 14:16

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.

Luke 11:13

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Romans 8:11

As you read the above promises from God, trust with all your heart that it is God’s will for your body to be healthy. It is for this reason that Jesus came. By He was whipped so we could be healed. His blood has cleansed us from every sin so the Holy Spirit of God can live in us forever (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit of God that lives in us will give life to our mortal body (Romans 8:11). Believe, like the centurion did. Let the LORD marvelled with your faith and you will be healed, as according to your belief.

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Questions & Answers

QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS SCRIPTURE READING

1. What is a centurion?

A centurion is the commander of a centuria. A centuria  consists of about 80-100 soldiers. Centuria is a latin word. It is sometimes anglicized as century.  During Jesus’ time on earth, Israel was under the rule of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire army was divided into legions of about 5400 soldiers. Legions were led by a Legate who was usually a Senator or a Governor. A legion was made up of ten groups of soldiers called cohorts. A cohort consists of centuries of about 90 men each. In other words, there are 60 centuria (or centuries) in a legion. Each centuria is led by an officer (leader) called centurion. Hence there are 60 centurions in a legion. If a Senator command 10 legions, he would have 600 centurions under his charge.

Note that the Roman emperor during Jesus’ days on earth was Julius Caesar.  The number of Senators during Julius  Caesar reign was increased from 300 to 600 and 900

2. Why did the centurion felt that he was not worthy to have Jesus going to his house?

With the above understanding about the organisation of the Roman army, we can see that although a centurion is the leader of about 100 soldiers, he was relatively low in rank in the Roman government organisation. (You can watch an youtube video on the organisation structure of the Roman empire here. ) He may not even get to meet the emperor as and when he want to, let alone have the emperor visiting his house. So when the centurion in this scripture (Matthew 8: 5-13) believed with all his heart that Jesus is the Son of God, he knew that he was not worthy to even get to see Jesus (Luke 7:6) nor to have Jesus going to his house (Matthew 8:8, Luke 7:7).  He understood the power that Jesus has.

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