Authority–Who’s Got It?

Matthew 8:5-13
5. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6. And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

There’s a song on a tape my daughter listened to when she was younger which is representative of common false teaching concerning a Christian’s authority. It retells the story of Matthew 8:5-13 when the Roman centurion came to Jesus for help.

It’s a catchy little tune that sticks in your head. It wrongly gives the idea we can command sickness and demons like the centurion commanded soldiers and servants.

If you look closely at the Scripture passage, the centurion knew his place. Yes, he acknowledged he was a man with commanding authority.

But he knew his authority was over other men. He had faith to believe Jesus had authority over disease. And he knew Jesus didn’t even have to be in the presence of the sick person to heal him.

Not once do we see Jesus saying the centurion had authority to do what only He could do. In fact, He marveled that this gentile had faith in Him as the One true God with the power to heal. Many Jews didn’t even believe that.

Jesus did the healing, not the centurion’s faith. Verse 13 says, “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.”

Who’s got the authority? Our Lord Jesus. What’s your Christian authority? To call on Him in faith. Defer to His authority.

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